Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you just got a new acoustic guitar and would like to find out how to best take care of it, what follows are a few nice 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 are so many guitars sold each and every year. However, it's another thing to actually become a pro at it. And remember that it's not just about the basics of learning. You also need some information about the instrument itself and what you need to do to take care of it.

The vast majority of acoustics are made of wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to differences in climate, such as super heat or super cold. It's very simple 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 melt into a useless mess if kept 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 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. There are soft shell cases and hard shell cases. In almost all situations, I would endorse the hard shell case unless you can't afford it.

Guitar strings are susceptible to heat and cold as well. Note 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 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 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 your strings one at a time, as this will keep the tension on the guitar neck constant.

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 keep for performances. Your practice guitar doesn't have to be expensive, something in the hundred dollar 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, 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 develop its own natural character, and part of this is letting it get used and worn in a normal fashion.

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