Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you have an acoustic guitar and want to learn how to take better care of it, here are some nice tips.

You've got to admit it. It's not too difficult to learn how to play acoustic guitar. That's why there are so many guitars bought each and every year. But remember, it's takes something else to actually learn to be a pro at it. And remember that it's not just about the basics of learning. You also need some information regarding 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 changes in climate, such as extreme heat or extreme cold. It's very simple 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. 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 sunny day.

One of the major necessities for a guitar is a good case. It really should be water resistant and 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. You'll have the choice of soft shell cases and hard shell cases. In almost all situations, I would endorse the hard shell case unless your budget prohibits it.

Guitar strings are susceptible 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 best, 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 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 nice idea to have at a minimum two guitars, a beater 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 guitar you keep for performances.

When it is time to clean your guitar, don't 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 crazy. 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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