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Old 05-01-2019, 06:45 AM
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Default Does case style effect humidity percentage?

I know this is a worn out subject...but the below screen shot is of the humidity history of the interior of my new 5-ply Geib case, which of course contains my guitar. Until recently, it rested in its molded Martin case with a set of D’Addario Humidipaks...and my readings were consistently in the 53-55 percent range. Now that I have my guitar in a more heavy-duty case...my readings drop. Am I still within the “safe zone” at 44-45 percent humidity? If not...will adding more packs bump the humidity up?
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Old 05-01-2019, 06:48 AM
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I would say your in a better range. 40-50 is ideal.
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Old 05-01-2019, 06:55 AM
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I would say your in a better range. 40-50 is ideal.
That's my thought as well. Over 50% humidity isn't going to kill a guitar by any means, but my guitars tend to sound like wet logs to my ears once they get too damp. I like them to be as dry and lively as they can safely be. 40-50% seems to be that range.
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Old 05-01-2019, 07:04 AM
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If I use a gig bag, compared to a hard case, I noticed that I have to refill the humidifier twice more often.
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Old 05-01-2019, 07:31 AM
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I consider 45% ideal. Your ears should tell you that guitars sound a bit "wet" at 55%.
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Old 05-01-2019, 07:36 AM
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......Does case style effect humidity percentage?..... Am I still within the “safe zone” at 44-45 percent humidity? ....
Yes. My Calton cases maintain humidity easier than most TKL-style cases. Also Yes - you are perfectly safe at 40-45%.
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Old 05-01-2019, 07:56 AM
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Going from a molded case to a wooden case will definitely affect humidity levels inside the case. Wood absorbs moisture, plastic doesn't.
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Old 05-01-2019, 08:34 AM
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I would say your in a better range. 40-50 is ideal.
Yep...this. Also if you switched the cases recently the wood in the Geib case may be absorbing the moisture. Once that’s done the RH in the case should go up.
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