Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you have a new acoustic guitar and want to find out how to best take care of it, what you will find here are a few great words of advice.

Let's face it. It's a basic thing to learn how to play acoustic guitar. That's why there's so many guitars purchased each and every year. However, it's another thing to actually become a pro at the art. And remember that it's not just about the basics of learning. You also need some information regarding the instrument itself and how to take care of it.

The vast majority of acoustic guitars are created from wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to differences in weather, such as extreme heat or extreme 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 has to deal with daily. Remember the old cassette tape and how it would warp 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 should be water resistant and also give protection from heat. Dark colored cases will absorb heat more than lighter colored enclosures, so keep that in mind when selecting 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 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 type 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 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 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 wonderful, something in the hundred dollar price range. You won't have to change the strings on it as much as the guitar you use for performances.

When cleaning your guitar, don't use water or furniture polish. Just use a soft 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 the way to let it do this is letting it get used and worn in an everyday fashion.

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