My shopping cart
Your cart is currently empty.Continue Shopping
Man, It is getting hot… and dry! What do you do when the humidity is so extreme and you need to keep that instrument as healthy & happy as possible? The answer: a solid humidifying system.
Just like you and me, in a climate like Central Oregon, your instrument can dry out. A guitar that has dried out can have some serious issues, even to the point of not functioning anymore.
A guitar prefers to have a Relative Humidity (RH) of 45-55%, however Central Oregon is sitting right around 17%-19% currently. Low RH levels only increase in the winter when we turn our heaters on, or in the summer when we crank the AC, too. Which leads to the question, “Is my guitar properly humidified?”.
The first thing to decide is if your guitar is actually drying or is dried out. There are a few simple things you might notice on an instrument that has been exposed to low RH levels for too long: 1. The top of the guitar will have appeared to sink, which can lead to the next symptom 2. The strings will start to buzz and more so the farther up the neck you play 3. Even though there is buzzing the neck will have appeared to bow forward, too.
So, what to do when you notice this? First, be honest in the estimate of yourself and decide if you are capable of working on an instrument. If not then you will want to bring the guitar to your local music store and have a visit with the luthier. Wes, our house luthier, is here 5-6 days a week and is a great wealth of knowledge when it comes to getting your guitar back up and running. Say you can’t make it in and need to address the issue yourself...
Getting humidity back into the instrument is attainable and can be achieved through some simple methods.
Got humidity questions? Want to know if your guitar is set up and performing at its best? Come down to the shop with your guitar, any day of the week. We are here to help!