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Guitar Humidifier

If you’re a guitar player who plays in a dry environment, chances are you’ll need a guitar humidifier.

If you’re a guitar player who lives in a dry climate, chances are you’ll need a guitar humidifier.  Like regular humidifiers, an instrument specific model works to provide moisture to the air inside your guitar.  Guitar humidifiers prevent cracking or shrinkage in the wood, that could otherwise damage your guitar beyond repair.  Along with a humidity gauge, this is a product that you absolutely need, to maintain a long life for your guitar.

Before purchasing a humidifier for guitars, you should know a little bit about why one is necessary.  Because most guitars are made of wood, they require special care and climate control.  If a wooden guitar is stored in an environment with too little moisture in the air, the wood is at risk of cracking or even bursting at the seams.  Too much dryness can also affect the bridge of your guitar, causing the bridge to detach from the neck.  Any of this damage is very difficult, and in some cases impossible to repair.

So to avoid this, first you need a humidity gauge.  Test the area around where your guitar is stored.  Under perfect conditions you want the humidity gauge to read a constant 40% or better.  That’s the perfect condition to store your guitar without risk of damage.  You should also be mindful of the temperature.  Avoid storing your guitar in an area where the temperature could reach an excess of 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you find that there isn’t enough moisture in the area your guitar is usually stored, an acoustic guitar humidifier, or an electric one if you play electric guitar, should be your next purchase.  To prolong the life and rich sound of your guitar, the humidifier is necessary in a dry climate.  Another practice you should be mindful of, is storing your guitar in the case when not in use.  The guitar case will cut down on moisture loss and also provide a more controlled environment for your guitar humidifier to work.

But beware, some humidifiers for guitar are actually bad for your guitar.  Any humidifier that seals the sound hole of your guitar, in order to work, tend to do more harm than good.  Usually those types of humidifiers will add too much moisture to the air.  Too much moisture can cause the wood of your guitar to swell.  That impairs sound, and can damage the guitar’s body beyond repair.  Try to only use a guitar humidifier with a humidity level of 40% or lower, to prevent the possibility of too much moisture.

Stick to the bigger brands, as they’ve got the process down to a science.  Dampit and Milburn are the most reputable and known for making the best guitar humidifier products, and also the most likely to work positively for your guitar.  Other good brands include Kyser, Oasis, Grover, Martin, and Taylor.  The average guitar humidifier kit will cost you around $15-30.  But remember that this isn’t a long term solution.  You can find most of these brands at almost any music store, as they’re widely available.  But remember, these humidifiers aren’t meant to be used over long periods of time, and if your guitar will regularly be stored in a dry room, a full size guitar humidifier is your best bet.

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