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Old October 2nd, 2011, 11:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Should you keep your guitar in its case?

I have a case but always keep it on a stand. I was in a local guitar shop recently and one of the guys said to always keep it in a case. Helps protect it against humidity. How important is that? Will the strings last longer?

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Old October 2nd, 2011, 11:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just asked this question the other day. The response was to keep acoustic guitars in the case, solid body electrics doesn't matter. Assuming both are kept at the house.
Curious as to other opinions as well.

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Old October 2nd, 2011, 12:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm sure it's important, but I want them right at hand. We are very dry here but it hasn't hurt my Teles or my acoustic for that matter. I keep my guitars out on stands. I did the humidifier thing for a few years but I got tired of it.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 12:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I keep all of mine out. Acoustics and electrics. No issues. A tele is the last guitar I would ever worry about.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 12:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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When the air is soggy or it's rainy, the acoustics get better string life if they are in a case when not in use. Even a soft case.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 12:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a 1973 Gretsch Country Gentleman - Chet Atkins signature model...and keep it in the case with a guitar humidifier - same thing with a Seagull Artist Studio model.

After approx 38 years the Gretsch finish is as good as the day I got it - the binding has yellowed a bit but there is NO checking, cracking or stress marks anywhwere on the finish.

On the other hand I also have a 68 tele that I bought new - has no finish now, never used a humidifier, have slight checking (if that's the term) on the headstock but never any other problem and still plays great.

Adds personality - when I do gigs the audience doesn't know or care...
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 12:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hard to play them in the case.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 12:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hard to play them in the case.

Most people take them out first...hard to tune an air-guitar.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 12:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Most people take them out first...hard to de-tune an air-guitar.
fixed it.

I'm not a fascist about it... some are in the case, some in a rack, some in the trailer, some at the barn... some in the case at the barn, some in the case in a cupboard in the garage...

some for good reason, some because of laziness, some for no reason at all...

most guitars survived hundreds of years camping out in a forest... they are pretty tough.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 12:55 PM   #10 (permalink)
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True, acoustics will suffer more from too dry and too humid environments, but electrics will be affected as well. Mostly, too dry an environment will cause the wood to dry and shrink causing fret ends to start sticking out over time. Also, the neck will change in bow with drastic changes in humidity. I keep all my acoustics and electrics out hanging on the wall. However, I also keep a room humidifier and hygrometer in this same room to be sure to control the humidity - moreso with acoustics than electrics.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 01:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I don't get it... the humidity in the air will not be different in the case or outside the case. A humidifier will not make that much of a difference inside the case imo. I think it's one of those fairytales that will never cease to exist. I mean, it's not that you drown your guitar in a pool or something...
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 01:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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not really. I have 4 teles and 1 case, do the math.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 01:43 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 01:45 PM   #14 (permalink)
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If I kept them in cases, what the heck would I hang on the wall?

I DO keep the tele on a stand, because I get a little freaked out about that skinny headstock slipping through my String Swings. I don't like a tuner supporting the full weight of my CVC. It's a little on the heavy side to me.

Everything else goes on the wall so I can admire them and impress the people that don't know I can't play.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 03:26 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I keep my Gibson SJ100 in the case and everything else out on a rack or on the wall.

I had String Swing send me a custom combination of their hanging thing for the headstock, along with the body piece from their horizontal wall-mounting set-up, so my wall-mounted guitars rest as they would on a stand (see photo -- with apologies for the lack of Tele content).

I keep an eye in the humidity, but yeah, basically I want them all out within arm's reach.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 03:59 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Should you keep your guitar in its case?
Everyone who has heard me play says "yes" - I should put my guitar back in its case. And leave it there. Forever.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 04:12 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I have a 1973 Gretsch Country Gentleman - Chet Atkins signature model...and keep it in the case with a guitar humidifier - same thing with a Seagull Artist Studio model.

After approx 38 years the Gretsch finish is as good as the day I got it - the binding has yellowed a bit but there is NO checking, cracking or stress marks anywhwere on the finish.
That is 38 years for natural relic you will never get back
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 04:17 PM   #18 (permalink)
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No, unless its a solid wood acoustic and you can't keep your house/guitar room at a decent humidity level
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 04:36 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Everyone who has heard me play says "yes" - I should put my guitar back in its case. And leave it there. Forever.
Hilarious!
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 04:42 PM   #20 (permalink)
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my friends father has an old school Taylor acoustic in his conservatory. it gets cold at night and very hot during the day. needs minor tuning before you play it and every 3months or so a minor set up. England isnt famous for hugely hot summers or massively cold winters though. just rain.
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