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Old 04-15-2017, 01:41 PM
Burstbucker Burstbucker is offline
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Question Are archtops as prone to top cracks due to dehydration as acoustic guitars?

I have an old 1983 K.Yairi AR350 dreadnought that until recently have just kept in a hardshell case, I never checked the humidity levels in all of those years but lately I have gotten with the program and bought a couple of hygrometers and guitar humidifiers.

I'm assuming that an archtop might be as prone to top cracks as much as a flat tops if conditions get too dry?

I went out and bought one of those Grover dampit tubes and after soaking it I just drop it into one of the F-holes in my Ibanez SS300 and will keep an eye on it.

Summer is right around the corner here in Atlantic Canada, we usually get loads of humidity during a 3-month spell, so I should be able to relax during those three or four months.
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:13 AM
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All guitars are prone to cracks, even archtops with carved top and back plates. I ran into a 1930s Gibson once in which the back had pretty much split in two. It is always just a good idea to keep an eye on humidity levels.
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