HOW much humidity is O.K.???

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  1. flag72

    flag72 Tele-Afflicted

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    Hi Guy's
    I was wondering with out going berzerk over it,what is a good range for humidity for our guitar.I dont have a specific room for them but what is o.k.
    40% 50% 60%:?:
    again thank you
    Daniel
     
  2. 8painting

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    50% is what I keep mine at. Pretty sure, around that number is fine, give or take a few numbers.
     
  3. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

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    For a solid bodied guitar like a Tele, it really doesn't matter. I mean you might get some "fret sprout" if it quickly gets really dry (below say 30%) but otherwise you'll be fine.

    Even acoustics built from laminated woods are unlikely to have problems, but certainly acoustics made from solid woods should be treated carefully and if the RH gets below about 35% you should either humidify the room, or keep the guitars in their cases with case humidifier like a Dampit.
     
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    Thank you
    Daniel
     
  5. jdm61

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    Humidity is not an issue down here in Florida.;) But when I went there back in the 90's, Charlie's Guitars in Dallas had what was essentially a walk in humidor like you would see in a big cigar store for their expensive acoustics. I remember an employer being in the room retuning the latest shipment of Martins that had been sitting in there for a few days. Living in Canada, you biggest problem may be in winter time if you have forced air heating.
     
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    Do those fish shaped guitars begin to suffer when the humidity goes below 100% ?
     
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    Yes, dry is much worse than humid.
     
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    Between 40 and 60 is what I shoot for. Never had a problem with a solid body, but I don't want to split the top on my Martin.

    I've got two humidifiers in my apt., and right now the level is at 44.
     
  9. KevinB

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    My "guitar room" is at about 36% right now. My 16 year old Martin is still out on a stand but my newer Guild 12 string is away in its case with a humidifier. I'm watching carefully and if it gets any colder and drier, the Martin will go away too.
     
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    Before I paid a lot of attention to humidity, I had several small finish/wood cracks develop in the neck of one of my MIA strats over the winter. I now keep my music room @ 45%. Since refinishing the cracks and maintaining that humidity there has been no reoccurrence..........and no fret sprouts.
     
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    All I have is a little table top humidifier but it has automatic control..The humidity ranges between 38% and 50% depending on how much the furnace runs..Temp is 69 to 71..My Taylor has never been back in the case since I brought it home,,6 years ago..No problems..
     
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    The finish on the spruce top of my '72 D-28 started to check for no apparent reason. I always leave it in the case (a Gibson acoustic case from the same era). The only thing I can think of is that the basement where I work, and where my guitars are stored in a closet, gets dry in the winter because the furnace is in the room next door. Even though it's an underground basement it gets dry. I finally got a humidifier - a cheap one from Target that says on the box for a "medium" sized room. I used to use that long green snake-like thing, a Dampit, in the sound hole of my acoustics. Guess I should still use them. For some reason years back I got to thinking they were no good. Guess I was wrong.
     
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