As a guitar owner, there is nothing as important as learning about humidity control as it plays a great role in protecting your valuable investment. When your guitar is properly humidified, it’s not susceptible to cracks and dryness. When your guitar cracks, often times no repair can be made that will ever make the guitar like it was.
The following are some of the tell-tale signs of a dry guitar:
- Visible cracks on the guitar even when you don’t drop the instrument or mishandle it in any way.
- Loose neck joints, bridges, and braces
- Concave top
- Separations along glue joints
- Rough and wider fret ends
- Unusual playing action
So how can I humidify my guitar? Here are some of the top tips to keep your guitar in great condition:
Use a room humidifier of the right size
According to authorized guitar makers and repairmen, the case that a guitar comes with may not be enough to humidify your guitar as required. Therefore, it’s advisable to humidify the room where you keep your guitar using a suitable humidifier. By doing this, you will create an environment that will protect your guitar from dryness. Preferably, the relative humidity of the room should range between 40% to 55%. However, various types of guitars have their recommended humidity levels. To be sure about the percentage of relative humidity in the room, place a digital hygrometer near the case.
Use a humidity reader for each guitar case
In addition to purchasing a room humidifier, ensure each of the cases is fitted with a humidity reader. Ensure you keep a reliable humidity sensor in the cases. The sensors send the humidity reading of the cases to the separate room humidifier. This way, you will be able to monitor the cases’ humidity without having to open the case.
Be cautious with opening the case
One of the things that contribute to a guitar’s dryness is the regular opening of the case every time you want to play. Try your best to leave the acoustics in their cases all the time unless it’s absolutely necessary to open them. Frequent opening of the case compromises the guitar’s controlled environment.
Storage also plays a significant role in keeping your guitar humidified. The instrument should always be stored in its case. This will protect the guitar from damage caused by unfavorable environmental conditions. Once a guitar cracks, cosmetically, that’s pretty much it. If the crack is wide, the guitar will be forever ugly. Where guitars are made, they toss so much wood ruined by heat splits that they have to call a company like Waste Focus to haul it all away. It just can’t be fixed, and it’s a complete waste of time to try and fix it. (Learn more about them here.)
Another way to humidify your guitar is to protect it from extremely dry environments such as the trunk of your car for a long period of time. As the popular saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Do not wait until the aforementioned signs become evident to start getting concerned about humidity control. It may happen that your guitar has dried to a point it cannot be fixed.