If you have a new acoustic guitar and would like to learn how to take better care of it, here are some great tips.
You've got to admit it. It's a basic thing to learn how to play acoustic guitar. That's probably one of the many reasons there's so many guitars purchased each and every year. But remember, it's takes something else to actually learn to be a pro at it. And it's not just about learning to play. You really need some information 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 super heat or extreme 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 daily. Think about 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 a guitar is a good case. It should be water resistant and also give protection from heat. Black cases will absorb the sun's rays more than lighter colored enclosures, 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 recommend 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 if you put on 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 settle on 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 guitar. 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 the guitar neck at a constant level.
If you can, it's a nice idea to have at a minimum two guitars, a beater 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 price range. You won't have to replace the strings on it as much as the one you use for performances.
When cleaning 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 crazy. Your guitar should have its own natural character, and part of this is letting it get used and worn in an everyday fashion.
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