NGD. Need quick advice ... see poll.

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Obsessed, Nov 11, 2019.

How long before opening?

Poll closed Nov 11, 2019.
  1. Eight hours as if it is a $6000 acoustic guitar.

    3 vote(s)
    11.1%
  2. At $169, who cares?

    9 vote(s)
    33.3%
  3. Since it is plywood construction, wait an hour.

    7 vote(s)
    25.9%
  4. Be conservative and split the difference and wait 4 hours.

    8 vote(s)
    29.6%
  1. Obsessed

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    Yup, new guitar day, but this box has been traveling by truck and SUV for 24 hours in sub freezing weather. Perhaps single digits (F). It is a new, very inexpensive Chinese hollwbody electric (Grote). How long do I need to wait before opening? Let the poll speak.
     
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  2. Obsessed

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    Looks like a guitar fits and no major damage to the box: IMG_4147.JPG
     
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    It won't make a bit of difference.
     
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  4. Obsessed

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    Well, that is sort of how I feel, but it is a hollowbody.

    And I want to check it out ASAP!:)
     
  5. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Open all your windows then open the box!
    Close the windows and the guitar will warm up with the house.
    I'd say plywood is pretty capable of temp changes.
    How humid is your cabin inside?
     
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    If it can handle the trip from Asia, you’re GTG. Open it!
     
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    I can't see that cardboard box slowing the temperature change of the instrument inside all that much. I would think the rate of warming would be close enough to just let her rip. On the other hand, caressing it lovingly in your too-warm arms would be a more significant rate of warming.
     
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    Cut the box open at the headstock end and let the guitar acclimate for a few hours. Done that way, a freezing cold guitar body won’t be hit directly by a blast of warm dry air. It will warm gradually. Aren’t you an engineer? You know this stuff.
     
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  9. Obsessed

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    Haaa, well Mrs. Obsessed doesn't like your idea since it is 27°F outside right now.

    Humidity is at a righteous 40%. Steamer on the wood stove all day and all of the night.
     
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  10. Obsessed

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    Haaa, yeah, we engineers used an environmental chamber with lots of time to have coffee or beers while waiting for the data results. And if damaged, we would just start the process all over again with new products.
    But I like your idea a lot!
     
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    An instrument in a case will acclimate pretty quickly. 4 hrs works.
     
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  12. Obsessed

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    4 hours is leading in the poll. Oh, that agony of waiting.
     
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    It's a new guitar and the best part of a new guitar is getting your mitts on it for the first time. I'd let it acclimate to it's new home a bit. Lot's a stuff in this life are just better after letting things warm up and settle in. I'd want it to play and feel as good it could and it's been cold and dry for some time when in transit. Yeh, I know, silly and superstitious...
     
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    I would drill some holes in the box to let it breeeeeaathe first. Also watch for any Asian species hitching a ride in there. You might want to have the Mrs. stand by with a can of bug killer, a big hammer, and since its Montana, a shotgun. We don't want Montana to turn into a non-native-species-infested hellhole like a certain wang-shaped southern state. Word is a baby python first arrived there in a box of GFS pickups.
     
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    I’d say since it’s in a cardboard box with most likely no case it’s gonna warm up at a fast rate anyway so I’d just let it sit for maybe half an hour
     
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    Get your digital kitchen turkey thermometer and stick it in the box (where you know the guitar is not but inside the box so you can read the internal temperature.

    When the reading inside the box is the same as outside the box, yer GTG!




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  17. telemnemonics

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    In support of your terrible situation I just went out to the garage and brought in a fairly high model Washburn D-28 style acoustic.
    It's been in the 20s to 40s and probably the 30s in the garage now.
    How long did I wait?
    90 seconds!
    Lotta house plants so the poor guitar immediately became damp with condensation.
    Wood wood wood, how can it survive all the abuse humans put it through?
     
  18. Obsessed

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    Yeah, I am pretty patient and thinking long term, but it is a cheap guitar, but a good point - waiting for the best settled in first impression.
     
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    Leave it in the case until the box reaches room temperature. Then open and allow the guitar to reach room temperature. Tune and let it rip.
     
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    Hmmm drilling holes into the box seems problematic knowing that a new guitar is sitting inside somewhere.
     
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