Acoustic Guitar Tips



If you have an acoustic guitar and would like to learn how to take better care of it, what you will find here are a few great words of advice.

Let's face 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 purchased each and every year. However, it's another thing to actually become a pro at it. And remember that it's not just about learning to play. You also need some knowledge about the instrument itself and what you need to do to take care of it.

The vast majority of acoustic guitars are created from wood and are usually hollow. They are sensitive to changes in climate, such as super heat or super cold. It's very simple for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise become 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 enclosure. It should be water resistant but also give protection from heat. Dark colored cases will absorb heat more than lighter colored cases, so remember that when shopping for 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 susceptible to heat and cold 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 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 constant.

If at all possible, it's a nice idea to have at a minimum two guitars, a beater you use for practice 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 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 develop its own natural character, and part of this is letting it get used and worn in an everyday fashion.

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