If you have an acoustic guitar and want to learn how to take better care of your instrument, what you will find here are a few good tips.
You've got to admit it. It's a basic thing to learn the acoustic guitar. That's probably one of the many reasons there's so many guitars bought each and every year. However, it's another thing to actually learn to be a pro at it. And remember that 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.
The vast majority of acoustic guitars are created from wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to changes in weather, such as extreme heat or super cold. It's dead easy for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise become damaged depending on how you house 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 hot day.
One of the primary necessities for most instruments is a good enclosure. It really should be water resistant and also give protection from heat. Dark colored cases will absorb heat more than lighter colored enclosures, so remember that 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 endorse the hard shell case unless you can't afford it.
Guitar strings are sensitive 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 decide to use a particular gauge of string, it's probably best, as the shock of going from one gauge of string to another wouldn't be good for your guitar. 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 that will keep the tension on the guitar neck at a constant level.
If at all possible, it's a good idea to have at least two guitars, one that you use around the house and another that you use for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be expensive, something in the hundred dollar range. You should'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 crazy. 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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