Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you just got a new acoustic guitar and would like to find out how to best take care of your instrument, what you will find here are some useful words of advice.

You've got to admit it. It's not too difficult to learn how to play acoustic guitar. That's one of the reasons there's so many guitars purchased 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 really need some knowledge about the instrument itself and what you need to do to take care of it.

Most acoustic guitars are made of wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to differences in weather, such as extreme heat or extreme cold. It's dead easy for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise get damaged depending on how you house it and what it is exposed to on a daily basis. Think about the old cassette tape and how it would melt into a useless mess if kept on the back seat of your car on a sunny day.

One of the primary necessities for most instruments is a good case. It really should be water resistant and also give protection from heat. Black cases will absorb heat more than lighter colored cases, so keep that in mind when shopping for one for your guitar. You'll have the choice of soft shell cases and hard shell cases. In most situations, I would recommend the hard shell case unless your budget prohibits it.

Guitar strings are sensitive to environmental changes 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 decide to use a particular gauge of string, it's probably the best thing you can do, as the shock of going from one type of string to another wouldn't be 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 your instrument's neck at a constant level.

If you can, it's a good idea to have at least two guitars, one that you use for practice and another that you keep 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 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 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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