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Choosing Acoustic Guitar Accessories

by on Dec.19, 2011, under General, Guitar Talk

Deciding to take up the acoustic guitar means that there will be more investments than just your first guitar purchase. Even casual players will find that they have certain types of accessories that they need on a regular basis in order to enhance their playing abilities. These acoustic guitar accessories can be divided up into a few different categories; for this article, we are using performance and maintenance categories. Performance items, of course, are for people who play or plan to play up in front of people, whether at a coffee shop or on a bigger stage. Maintenance accessories are the things that any guitar player will find they need from time to time in order to keep their instrument performing at the highest level.

Performance

When you are performing, you want to sound your best. The first step is choosing a good brand of guitar known for its sound audio qualities, such as those made by Yamaha or Washburn.

The type of guitar you use for performance will depend on the place in which you play. Smaller areas will not require any systems of sound broadcast, as the music will resonate throughout the space. For larger areas, though, or if you will be playing while leading singing or while accompanied by a band, you will want to be sure that you choose a good style from the many varieties of acoustic guitar pickups. Many guitars are sold with pickups already installed, but it is possible to buy an acoustic guitar pickup separately and have it put in, or to buy one that does not need installation and can be slipped into the sound hole. Both types of acoustic guitar pickups work well with all acoustic guitar amps.

Make sure, as well, that when you are performing you have an extra set of acoustic guitar strings with you. If your strings have just been changed, you should have no problem on a set. However, if it has been a couple of weeks and you have been playing steadily, the chances are good that you will break a string. You don’t want to be caught without backup!

Maintenance

All guitar players need to make sure that they protect the investment they made with the purchase of an acoustic guitar. Proper storage is one of the key steps in making sure that your Yamaha or other type of acoustic guitar stays healthy. Select a good case to keep your guitar in during transport; there are both soft and hard acoustic guitar cases, and the harder the case, the safer your instrument is. Hard shell acoustic guitar cases also provide more reliable protection in household storage.

You might also want to leave your acoustic guitar out. This is a good option for people who play their guitars several times a day. In this case, acoustic guitar stands are ideal. The best acoustic guitar stands are those that allow the guitar to remain upright, hanging by the neck just where it meets the headstock.

Acoustic guitars require a little bit more in the way of maintenance than electric guitars, speaking generally. The open box which contributes to the sound of acoustic guitars, as well as their construction, are the reasons for this.

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