Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you just got a new acoustic guitar and want to learn how to best take care of your instrument, here are some great tips.

Let's face it. It's fairly easy to learn the acoustic guitar. That's why there are so many guitars purchased each and every year. However, it's takes something else to actually become good at it. And it's not just about learning to play. You really need some knowledge regarding the instrument itself and what you need to do to take care of it.

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

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

Guitar strings are sensitive 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 your guitar will give and let go depending on the type of strings you use, and if you settle on 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 isn't good for your instrument. Also, never take all the strings off your guitar at once, as that might cause warping of the neck. Change them one at a time, as that will keep the tension on the guitar neck at a constant level.

If at all possible, it's a nice idea to have at a minimum two guitars, one that you use around the house and another that you use for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be great, something in the hundred dollar price range. You should't have to replace the strings on it as much as the guitar you use for performances.

When cleaning your guitar, never use water or furniture polish. Just use a clean 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 have 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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