hydration

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jackertut

hydration

Post by jackertut » Sat May 26, 2007 2:19 am

I have a new guitar...solid wood...and am worried about cracking. does anyone have any advice about hydrating it. I have a hygrometer and one of those hydration devices that hangs inbetween the strings...is that sufficient? are there any options....i have not been able to find anything on the internet that seems any better than what I have. thanks for any help I appreciate it very much. :)

Allan

Post by Allan » Sat May 26, 2007 2:27 am

I keep hygrometers in my cases and on the walls in practically every room where I live. When the Santa Ana winds come through here the humidity can drop very low very fast. When that is predicted I use a damp sponge that is contained in a ziplock back that is perforated with tiny holes on one side. I lay it in the area underneath the headstock. I try to keep my instruments at a constant 50% humidity, and have never had a problem with warping or cracks.

Allan

wchymeUS

Post by wchymeUS » Sat May 26, 2007 5:01 am

Same here, Santa Ana is our worst nightmare as everything gets really dry.
Jackertut, you're doing the right thing. I do the same as well and had no problem at all with my guitar.

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