Making an acoustic guitar sound good is more complicated than simply playing the instrument well. True, it will be difficult to make the instrument sound good without some level of guitar playing skill, but by keeping your guitar in excellent condition, it will be much easier to make it produce a pleasant sound. Once your guitar is set up well, you should store it in a dry, cool place.
Things You'll Need
- New strings
- Allen wrenches
- Guitar tuner
Look at the neck from every possible angle. If it is bent in any noticeable way, the truss rod probably needs to be adjusted. Do this by adjusting a nut, usually located at the base of the neck inside the guitar body or beneath a plate on the face of the headstock. The size of this nut will vary depending on the size of the guitar. Make very slight adjustments when working on the truss rod.
Play all of the notes up the neck of the guitar. If they still buzz, you might need to make some adjustments at the bridge. Depending on the type of guitar bridge that you have, these adjustments could be made in several different ways, from adjusting a screw to replacing the bridge saddle.
Put new strings on the guitar. Once your acoustic guitar is set up properly, the easiest thing you can do to make it sound better is to put on a new pair of strings.
Tune the guitar. A guitar that is out of tune will not sound good, no matter how well it is set up or how new the strings are.
Practice playing cleanly. Specifically focus on making every note ring out and fretting every note properly. Good technique can make your guitar sound much better.
Tips & Warnings
- Adjust the truss rod with the strings (as many as possible if accessing the nut from the sound hole) in tune. This way, you can tell if your adjustments are working.
- If your guitar still buzzes at certain places, you might need to get your frets rewired. Take your guitar to a repair person to have this done.
- If you are not completely comfortable working on your guitar, especially with the truss rod, take it to a qualified repair person. It is less expensive to have an experienced person make the repair correctly than to completely screw up the guitar yourself.
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