If you just got a new acoustic guitar and want to learn how to take better care of it, here are some nice words of advice.
You've got to admit it. It's not too difficult to learn the acoustic guitar. That's one of the reasons there's so many guitars bought each and every year. But remember, it's another thing to actually learn to be good at it. And remember that it's not just about the basics of learning. You really need some knowledge regarding the instrument itself and how to take care of it.
Most acoustics are created from wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to changes in climate, 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 daily. Think about the old cassette tape and how it would melt into a useless mess if kept on the dashboard of your car on a sunny day.
One of the major needs for a guitar is a good case. It should be water resistant but also give protection from heat. Black cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored enclosures, so remember that 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. Note 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 the best thing you can do, as the shock of going from one gauge of string to another wouldn't be good for your instrument. 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 the guitar neck at a constant level.
If at all possible, it's a good idea to have at a minimum two guitars, a beater you use for practice and another that you use for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be wonderful, something in the hundred dollar price range. You won't have to replace the strings on it as much as the one you use for performances.
When cleaning 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 nuts. Your guitar should have its own natural character, and part of this is letting it get used and worn in a normal fashion.
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