Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you have a new acoustic guitar and want to learn how to take better care of your instrument, what you will find here are a few nice tips.

Let's face it. It's a basic thing to learn the acoustic guitar. That's one of the reasons there are so many guitars sold each and every year. But remember, it's takes something else to actually become proficient in the art. And remember that it's not just about learning to play. You also need some information about the instrument itself and what you need to do to take care of it.

Most acoustic guitars are created from wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to changes in climate, such as extreme heat or extreme cold. It's very easy for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise get damaged depending on how you store 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 left on the dashboard of your car on a hot day.

One of the major needs for most instruments is a good enclosure. It really should be water resistant and also give protection from heat. Black cases will absorb heat more than lighter colored cases, so remember that when shopping for 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 your budget prohibits 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 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 best, as the shock of going from one gauge of string to another isn't good for your guitar. 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 that will keep the tension on the guitar neck constant.

If at all possible, it's a nice 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 keep for performances.

When it is time to clean 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 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 an everyday fashion.

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