If you just got an acoustic guitar and want to learn how to take better care of it, what follows are some nice tips.
Let's face it. It's fairly easy to learn the acoustic guitar. That's why there's so many guitars bought each and every year. But remember, it's takes something else to actually learn to be good at the art. And it's not just about the basics of learning. You really need some information 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 weather, such as super 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. Remember the old cassette tape and how it would warp into a useless mess if left on the back seat of your car on a sunny day.
One of the primary needs for most instruments is a good case. It should be water resistant but also provide protection from heat. Black cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored cases, so remember that when selecting one for your guitar. You'll have the choice of soft shell cases and hard shell cases. In almost all situations, I would recommend 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 if you put on 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 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 this will keep the tension on the guitar neck at a constant level.
If you can, 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 range. You won't have to replace the strings on it as much as the one you keep 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 the way to let it do this is letting it get used and worn in a normal fashion.
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