Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you have a new acoustic guitar and would like to learn how to take better care of your instrument, what follows are a few good 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 sold each and every year. But remember, it's takes something else to actually become good at the art. And it's not just about the basics of learning. You really need some knowledge 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 differences in climate, such as extreme heat or super cold. It's dead 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 kept on the dashboard of your car on a hot day.

One of the major necessities for most instruments 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 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 environmental changes as well. Have you experienced 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 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 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 them one at a time, as that will keep the tension on the guitar 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 expensive, something in the hundred dollar price range. You should'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, 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 develop its own natural character, and part of this is letting it get used and worn in an everyday fashion.

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