Saturday, January 2, 2016
Proper Humidity for Acoustic Guitars
All wooden instruments are subject to environmental conditions. Abrupt changes can be as disastrous as extreme conditions. In the American southeast, the humidity is normally good. The best humidity for acoustic guitars would be from 45% to 70%. Too dry and the wood will stress and crack. Humidity over 70% can lead to mold problems. 50% to 55% is the best humidity for acoustic guitars.
Rapid increase in humidity causes moisture content in the wood to increase. This will cause expansion of the wood and could create cracks. The same with rapid decrease of humidity. It is best to keep a guitar in the case as the changes will be less dramatic when transporting from indoors to outdoors or from car to building
In Kentucky, where I live the summer humidity is about 60%. This is good for my guitars and my fiddle. My fiddle came with a thermometer and hygrometer in the case, I find this handy to use for all my instruments. I use a humidifier in the dry winter months as the humidity drops to 45% or lower.
It is important when using a humidifier, to make sure the humidity doesn’t get over 70% where mold can be a factor. I try to keep it under 65%. It is also important to not have the moisture from the humidifier blow directly on instruments as damage to the wood can occur.
Amazon room humidifiers that will keep your room humidified for your acoustic guitar. I own the Vicks humidifier that can also be used for congestion.
In case humidifiers for your guitar.
Proper Temperature for Acoustic Guitars
The other atmospheric condition that affects wood instruments is temperature. Like with humidity extreme conditions can cause cracking and damage to glued joints. When taking your guitar or any wood instrument from an extreme condition to room temperature or the other way around it should remain in the case so that the transition will be gradual. It is always best to transport and store your guitar in a case. The case is a buffer to the outside world and makes changes more gradual.
Although a gig bag is better than nothing, a hard shell case gives more neck support and protection. The ideal temperature for your acoustic guitar is 72 to 77 degrees. I must admit that our home temperature is about 70 degrees year around.
Most damage to acoustic guitars is caused by leaving it in a hot car in the summer, storing in an attic, basement, or leaning against a wall where the neck can warp.
Care for an Acoustic Guitar
It is important to clean and protect the finish of your acoustic and electric guitars. For years I used a standard furniture polish until I learned that petroleum derivatives in the polish can crack the wood. I will pass along two guitar care products recommended to me by a guitar tech at a local well-known guitar shop. “Meguiar’s Quick mist and wipe detailer” for quick and easy clean-up and” Meguiar’s Cleaner Wax” for adding protection when changing strings. These are car care products but as I was told invented by guitar people. Check toward the bottom of this page for Meguiar’s products.
check the bottom of this page for Meguiar’s products
Before I used a humidifier I cleaned and waxed my guitars often with the hopes it would keep them moisturized. When you take care of your guitar it will give you years of enjoyable playing.
Here is a link to my page on restringing your guitar. The right strings on your guitar will put the correct stress on the neck. A heavier gage string will add more stress and could warp the neck. I used a medium gage string and noticed the neck on my acoustic was pulling away. I went back to a light gage and the neck went back to the correct position.
More latter, keep “picken,”
This is one of my recordings. I play all the instruments, Acoustic slide guitar, harmonica, sax, jaw harp, fiddle, and wash board.
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