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 good words of advice.

You've got to admit it. It's not rocket science to learn how to play acoustic guitar. That's why there are so many guitars sold each and every year. However, it's takes something else to actually become good at it. And it's not just about learning to play. You really need some information regarding the instrument itself and how to take care of it.

Most 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 dead easy for parts of the guitar to warp or otherwise get damaged depending on how you store it and what it is exposed to daily. Think about the old cassette tape and how it would melt into a useless mess if kept on the back seat of your car on a sunny day.

One of the major needs for a guitar is a good case. It really should be water resistant and also provide protection from heat. Black cases will absorb heat more than lighter colored enclosures, so keep that in mind when shopping for one for your guitar. You'll have the choice of 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 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, 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 this will keep the tension on your instrument's neck at a constant level.

If at all possible, it's a great idea to have at a minimum two guitars, a beater 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 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, 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 part of this is letting it get used and worn in an everyday fashion.

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