Acoustic Guitar Tips

If you have a new acoustic guitar and want to learn how to best take care of it, here are some good tips.

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

The vast majority of acoustics are created from wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to differences in weather, such as super heat or super cold. It's dead simple for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise become damaged depending on how you house it and what it is exposed to on a daily basis. Remember the old cassette tape and how it would warp into a useless mess if kept on the back seat of your car on a hot day.

One of the primary needs for most instruments is a good case. It really should be water resistant and also give protection from heat. Dark colored cases will absorb heat more than lighter colored cases, so remember that when selecting one for your guitar. There are soft shell cases and hard shell cases. In almost all situations, I would endorse the hard shell case unless you can't afford it.

Guitar strings are susceptible to heat and cold as well. Have you experienced how quickly guitars go out of tune, especially with a new set of strings? The neck of the 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 best, as the shock of going from one gauge of string to another wouldn't be good for your guitar. Also, never 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 at a constant level.

If at all possible, it's a good idea to have at least two guitars, one that you use around the house and another that you keep for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be great, something in the hundred dollar range. You won't have to replace the strings on it as much as the one you use 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 nuts. Your guitar should develop its own natural character, and the way to let it do this is letting it get used and worn in a normal fashion.

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