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Old 11-01-2017, 06:12 PM
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Just read about Muddy-T's loss (the broken guitar) and it made me think. I have two electric guitars that I keep in my sleepingroom/studio. As there is no air circulation when I am recording (windows and ventilation covered with foam for isolation), I use to have my window open very often to fresh up the room. This has been so ever since I moved into this house five years ago.

Is this bad for my guitars? I have no humidity issues in my home but the weather in the Netherlands is quite humid I must say. So far I haven't seen the necks of my guitars bending, they're still straight, if that's the right word. But I really wanna be sure and if you say keeping my guitars in a room with open windows will screw them than I'll immediately change that (although this will turn out awkward).

Actually I rather want to keep them in my studio as that is where I use them. I was used to a house before this one where I had four rooms and this was not an issue. But this new place could cause troubles in this respect. What do you guys say?
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Old 11-01-2017, 08:43 PM
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Is this bad for my guitars?
I don't know - I don't play guitar - but I saw these:

http://www.guitaradventures.com/ulti...ar-humidifiers

https://www.taylorguitars.com/suppor...tar-humidifier

https://reverb.com/au/news/best-guitar-humidifiers

https://www.guitarfella.com/best-guitar-humidifier/


Hopefully, someone who knows will post their opinion about Humidifiers for guitars ....
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Acoustic or electric guitar? What is the natural weather like where you are at? If it’s very dry or you run the AC hard at other times then you may want to keep especially acoustic guitars with a humidifier in a case or cabinet. Most solid body electrics are pretty robust, things there like fingerboard cupping of cracking or fret edges being proud might indicate a problem.

There is a huge amount written about looking after guitars, a lot online. Not really DUC material


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Old 11-01-2017, 10:57 PM
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Is this bad for my guitars?
No.

Alkmaar -and all of the Netherlands for that matter- has a moderate, marine climate; average temperatures, average humidity.

We happen to live in a veritable climatical guitar sweet spot; not too hot, not too cold, not too dry & not too humid. Your guitars will be fine.

If you want to keep an eye on the humidity in your room you can get a hygrometer for less than € 10,-


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If your guitars stay in tune, there is no problem.
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As the owner of several guitars both electric & acoustic I find the most dangerous climate is one that changes from dry to humid & back and forth on a regular basis. The wood expands and contracts and if your axe is made up of several different species of wood they won't all expand and contract at the same time or rate. I have a 51 year old Gibson small body acoustic (got it in 1966) that absolutely hates humidity changes and has developed a crack in one of the braces and another along the top. Not big but I know from the sounds made that are not musical they exist.

The Strats take the humidity changes pretty good; all I have to do is to make small changes with the truss rods to get the necks back to where I like them. And my Jazz Bass neck is not a problem at all with it's twin truss rods.
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I keep my guitars in their hard cases when not in use. I used to keep them in stands in the studio when I was playing them more often. Very humid here, except during the winter if the central heating is on.

I did have one Epi 12 string that kind of got messed up where the neck meets the body. I tried using some epoxy to fix it but was not successful. It is probably in a case in my closet somewhere.
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I keep my guitars in their hard cases when not in use. I used to keep them in stands in the studio when I was playing them more often. Very humid here, except during the winter if the central heating is on.

I did have one Epi 12 string that kind of got messed up where the neck meets the body. I tried using some epoxy to fix it but was not successful. It is probably in a case in my closet somewhere.
All my guitars are kept in their respective cases; every case is a hard case and NOT a gig bag.
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I don't know - I don't play guitar - but I saw these:

http://www.guitaradventures.com/ulti...ar-humidifiers

https://www.taylorguitars.com/suppor...tar-humidifier

https://reverb.com/au/news/best-guitar-humidifiers

https://www.guitarfella.com/best-guitar-humidifier/


Hopefully, someone who knows will post their opinion about Humidifiers for guitars ....
Hey that's cool man. Didn't know that drought can damage your guitar too. What I make up out of these articles is that humidity must stay on an average level; not too low and not too high. Think I'm on a reasonable level in my home, worth checking but this looks hopeful.

Thanks unkJE
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Acoustic or electric guitar? What is the natural weather like where you are at? If it’s very dry or you run the AC hard at other times then you may want to keep especially acoustic guitars with a humidifier in a case or cabinet. Most solid body electrics are pretty robust, things there like fingerboard cupping of cracking or fret edges being proud might indicate a problem.

There is a huge amount written about looking after guitars, a lot online. Not really DUC material


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Two electric guitars and one acoustic guitar. The electric ones are quite solid. Most of you guys seem to warn for extreme drought, so I think a teeny weeny bit of humidity may be not all too bad
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