Your First Strum: What to expect from your brand new acoustic guitar

Congratulations on your decision to embark on the journey of playing the acoustic guitar! Whether you're a seasoned musician adding a new instrument to your collection or a beginner taking your first steps into the world of music, there's something magical about the anticipation of unboxing a brand new acoustic guitar. In this article, we'll explore what to expect from your new guitar, from its appearance and feel to its sound and playability.

Unwrapping the Package

The moment you unwrap your new guitar is an exciting one. You'll likely be greeted by the fresh scent of wood and the gleam of polished strings. Take a moment to admire the craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into creating your instrument. Each guitar is unique, with its own character and personality, waiting to be discovered.

Tuning, Setup, and Acclimation

Brand new guitars often come factory-setup, but it's not uncommon for them to require some fine tuning and adjustments upon arrival. The strings are often detuned for shipment, so you'll need a first good tuning.

Use a guitar tuner to ensure each string is tuned to the correct pitch before you start playing, and even go through the string cycle twice. Once tension starts to equalize across all strings, your first strings tuned can often shift out of tune again. Two tuning cycles should do the trick.

If upon first strum after tuning, subtle imperfections such as fret buzz appear, don't panic, your guitar just may need to settle and acclimate to tuning and your local climate. Here's a good blog post where we discuss this further.

Additionally, consider taking your guitar to a professional luthier for a setup to optimize its playability and performance for your style and preferences.

Getting Acquainted

As you begin to play your new acoustic guitar, take some time to get acquainted with its feel and responsiveness. Experiment with different playing techniques, such as strumming, fingerpicking, and chord changes, to get a sense of how the guitar responds to your touch. If the tone is too bright or too dark for your liking, often a simple string change will have a huge impact on this. Here's a good blog post where we discuss this further.

Breaking In

Like a new pair of shoes, a brand new acoustic guitar may require some time to "break in" and reach its full potential. As you play your guitar more frequently, you'll notice subtle changes in its tone and responsiveness. The wood will begin to resonate and open up, resulting in a richer, more vibrant sound over time.

Adjustments and Fine-Tuning

As you become more familiar with your new acoustic guitar, you may discover areas where you'd like to make adjustments or fine-tune certain aspects of its setup. This could include tweaking the action, adjusting the truss rod, or experimenting with different string gauges. Don't hesitate to seek guidance from a professional guitar technician if you're unsure how to make these adjustments yourself.


A brand new acoustic guitar is the beginning of an exciting musical journey filled with endless possibilities. From its pristine appearance to the warm, resonant tones it produces, your guitar has the potential to become your faithful companion and creative outlet for years to come. Embrace the process of getting to know your new instrument, and enjoy the countless hours of joy and inspiration it will bring to your musical endeavors.

1 comment

richard stanton CGP

I’ve seen and played only one other of these guitars, in Koa. I’m excited to get my rosewood model and see if it will inspire me to write some new songs or inspire me to reinterpret some of my older songs. I have 22 New songs to record And I will use this guitar hopefully on all the backing tracks. I’m sure if this guitar sounds as good as it looks. I’m in for a pleasant journey.

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