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  • My lovely 'cruz and winter humidity levels.

    I've had my wonderful handmade acoustic for a year now, its starting to play in and bloom, and has developed a nice little pre-war belly under the bridge. The top of this thing is like a speaker when you play, it sings. And thats the fastest neck you'll ever play on an acoustic.



    After having to take an emergency trip to a luthier early on, I've learned to defeat the ravages of low humidity Iowa winters.

    I bought several case humidifiers, a hygrometer, and a room humidifer for my recording space. I'm able to keep my guitars at an RH of 44 pretty reliably, even when levels outside approach the teens.

  • #2
    Just move to Florida already.

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    • #3
      What ended up being the "magic bullet" for you, Doc?
      I remember a great thread on this, and it seemed like keeping the room temperature low while you weren't using the room seemed to be one trick to keeping the room's humidity up a bit.
      But, it looks like maybe you went with the whole room humidifier?

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      • #4
        The room humidifier, definitely. Bought it at lowes for about eighty bucks. Its pretty much automatic, it'll keep my room at 44 which is just about perfect. I found if I try to get it to fifty I start getting uncomfortable, it messes with my head.

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        • #5
          The "kind" just gets way to sticky over 50%, eh Doc?




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          • #6
            Any other strategies anyone uses for humidity and their acoustics?

            No offense intended, but (see above) . . .

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Timezarrow
              Any other strategies anyone uses for humidity and their acoustics?



              I just use a Planet Waves humidifier - the kind that hangs between the strings. I also bought a hygrometer from a cigar dealer on ebay ($10.00) and attached it inside the case with velcro. That was when the guitar was new and I was pretty anal about casing it. Now I usually just leave the guitar out on a stand since it lives in the basement family room. Haven't had any problems, and if the guitar does start to dry out I can always case it for a while to get the moisture back up.
              Trooper #210 - GB

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              • #8
                I live in Fl, I just open the windows.

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                • #9
                  Cut an apple in half and throw them in the case.
                  Geezer Trooper #222

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                  • #10
                    I just leave a bowl of water on top of a heater and let natural evaporation do the job.Cheaper than a humidifier and just as effective.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Timezarrow
                      Any other strategies anyone uses for humidity and their acoustics?



                      how the heck did you dredge this chestnut up?

                      the real secret...let your cat urinate in the lining of the case periodically...
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                      • #12
                        Take those plastic film containers and drill/puncture some holes in the top.

                        Take an old sponge and cut a small section that fits in the container.

                        Soak the sponge and wring it out, put it in the container. Leave in the case.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by booty0bandit
                          The "kind" just gets way to sticky over 50%, eh



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                          • #14
                            I feel like a paleontologist in this thread.

                            But, I must add my solution to the humidty problem: living in North Carolina. Not too wet, not too dry. A nice place to not have to deal with humidifiers.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mdog114
                              Take those plastic film containers and drill/puncture some holes in the top.

                              Take an old sponge and cut a small section that fits in the container.

                              Soak the sponge and wring it out, put it in the container. Leave in the case.


                              I once read on the acoustic forum to do the same thing with one of those plastic soapdishes. That way you can use a full-size sponge and you won't have to dampen it as much.

                              BTW, the general concensus was that the optimal RH range is 40%-60%.
                              Cornelius Clodhopper

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