Acoustic Guitar Tips

If you have an acoustic guitar and want to find out how to take better care of it, what follows are a few good words of advice.

You've got to admit it. It's not rocket science to learn the acoustic guitar. That's probably one of the many reasons there are so many guitars sold each and every year. But remember, it's another thing to actually learn to be proficient in the art. And it's not just about learning to play. You also need some knowledge regarding the instrument itself and how to take care of it.

The vast majority of acoustic guitars are created from wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to changes in climate, such as super heat or super cold. It's very easy for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise get damaged depending on how you store it and what it has to deal with on a daily basis. Think about the old cassette tape and how it would warp into a useless mess if left on the back seat of your car on a hot day.

One of the primary needs for most instruments is a good case. It should be water resistant and also provide protection from heat. Black cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored cases, so keep that in mind when shopping for one for your guitar. There are soft shell cases and hard shell cases. In almost all situations, I would recommend the hard shell case unless you can't afford it.

Guitar strings are sensitive to environmental changes as well. Have you experienced how quickly guitars go out of tune, especially if you put on a new set of strings? The neck of your guitar will give and let go depending on the type of strings you use, and if you decide to use a particular gauge of string, it's probably the best thing you can do, as the shock of going from one gauge of string to another wouldn't be good for your guitar. Also, don't take all the strings off your guitar at once, as that might cause warping of the neck. Change your strings one at a time, as this will keep the tension on your instrument's neck constant.

If you can, it's a nice idea to have at least two guitars, one that you use around the house and another that you use for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be expensive, something in the hundred dollar range. You won't have to change the strings on it as much as the guitar you keep for performances.

When it is time to clean your guitar, don't use water or furniture polish. Just use a soft cloth and wipe the dust. Try to not wipe so hard that you affect the finish of your guitar. And don't go crazy. Your guitar should develop its own natural character, and part of this is letting it get used and worn in a normal fashion.

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