Guitar Care Tip #1
A good general rule-of-thumb for guitars of all
types; keep them in an environment which would
be comfortable for a person. Guitars are made of
and made with materials which are temperature, and
humidity sensitive. Protect your guitars from
drastic changes, or extremes, of temperature and
be sure to hydrate during the home heating season,
or if you live in a dry climate area.
Here in the Northeast, we are just entering the dry
season in late September and it will be time again to
remind owners to start hydrating your guitars.
Pay close attention to changes in the guitar's playability
or in it's appearance. Wood grain telegraphing through
finish, action going up or down suddenly, sharp fret
edges, sunken tops on acoustic flat-top guitars are all
likely to be climate induced ills that are often repairable
by returning the instrument to a healthy climate.
Most manufacturers and repair shops recommend about
45-50% relative humidity, and typical temperatures for
humans as a healthy environment for guitar storage.
I will have further posts regarding some of these issues,
feel free to add comments or questions.
- ▼ 2009 (8)