Acoustic Guitar Tips

If you just got an acoustic guitar and want to learn how to take better care of your instrument, what follows are a few great tips.

You've got to admit it. It's not rocket science to learn how to play acoustic guitar. That's probably one of the many reasons there are so many guitars bought each and every year. However, it's another thing 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 how to take care of it.

The vast majority of acoustic guitars are made of wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to changes in weather, such as super heat or super cold. It's dead simple for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise get damaged depending on how you house it and what it has to deal with 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 primary needs for a guitar is a good enclosure. 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 keep that in mind 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. Note 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 settle on a particular gauge of string, it's probably best, as the shock of going from one type of string to another isn't good for your instrument. Also, never 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 your instrument's neck constant.

If at all possible, it's a good idea to have at least two guitars, a beater you use for practice and another that you keep for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be great, something in the hundred dollar price range. You should't have to change 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 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 part of this is letting it get used and worn in a normal fashion.

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