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Old 03-08-2018, 11:45 AM
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It's pretty humid here in Austin, so I don't "worry" about it much. In the winter when we're running the heater I'll use a homemade moisture box, but I don't get all scientific about it. Mostly I just be sure to keep my guitars in their cases, and haven't ever had a problem.
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Old 03-08-2018, 11:46 AM
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Not at all, since 1971. I've always kept my home comfortable for us humans and the cats, and that happens to be how guitars like it too. About 50% all year, whole house system, that stuff. I've never done anything to my guitars but take them out and use them.

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Old 03-08-2018, 12:27 PM
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I live in the UK and the humidity here varies a little but it's never too dry or too humid. Result, never given humidifying a second thought.
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Old 03-08-2018, 12:28 PM
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Thanks for the insight guys; just need to apply common sense approach.

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Old 03-08-2018, 12:29 PM
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I used to worry about humidity a lot. It seems i could never keep any sort of sponge device moist.

Then I found the D'Addario Humidipaks, and use them in all four my guitars. Rotate them whenever they start feeling crunchy, maybe once a year. If a guitar stays out of its case for a week, then it goes back in for at least two weeks while I play a different one for awhile.

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Old 03-08-2018, 12:42 PM
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I live in one of the driest part in US.
I've tried humidifying occasionally but I don't care about humidity.
This is because all my guitars are Über cheap.
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Old 03-08-2018, 12:47 PM
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Worry? No.
Monitor and regulate? Yup.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:11 PM
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I never did have a concern about it until I started reading the AGF. So last year I humidified my guitars. This year I figured screw it. I never have had a problem in fifty years of guitars. It got down into the 20% range for over a month, maybe two. And I'm in the middle of the mid-west.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:12 PM
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I never worried about it until I bought a couple of expensive guitars, so I bought two different hygrometers, one in case and one in my bedroom where I keep my guitars. I also bought in case humidifiers but have never used them because in the past year I have only seen the humidity indoors below 40% one time. Now my bigger concern is that it occasionally pushes 70-75% in the summer, so I need to dehumidify.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:15 PM
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I definitely monitor mine as they are all always out of their cases.
Right now, I have one of them in a room that hovers around 40%.
I'm not the least bit worried about it.
The others are in a room where the humidity averages 50-55%, again, no worries.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:45 PM
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I was in the "no worries" camp for my first 35 years of playing. The first 7 of those years I lived at 7000' elevation in northern New Mexico (that's in the US for all my fellow Americans). Its extremely dry. The last 20 years I've been living in the slightly less arid shrub steppe of eastern Washington state. I still don't really worry, but the last 10 years I've been humidifying my instrument room with ~20 guitars, mandos, fiddles and banjos hanging on the walls. Never had any humidity related issues with any instruments, EXCEPT for when I used damp-it sponge deals on a couple fiddles in their cases. The slight wood swell caused a couple strings to break as the neck grew a little.
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Old 03-08-2018, 02:01 PM
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Like BrianMay and MicktheMiller, I live in the UK but, unlike them, I do concern myself about humidity ever since my Martin J-40 dried out in the winter over ten years ago, to a point where it became unplayable. During the summer, RH in my house is in the 45-60% range, so no problems, but through the heating season it hovers in the low-30s, plenty dry enough to cause damage to guitars. So, once RH hits 40%, into the cases with humidifiers they go, until RH is back over the 40% mark.

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Old 03-08-2018, 02:15 PM
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I run my room humidifier which easily keeps the room at 40-50%. I never worry about it.
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Old 03-08-2018, 02:15 PM
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I definitely monitor mine as they are all always out of their cases.
Right now, I have one of them in a room that hovers around 40%.
I'm not the least bit worried about it.
The others are in a room where the humidity averages 50-55%, again, no worries.
I also use two whole house humidifiers. It's a large house with an open floor plan, so it maintains even humidity throughout most of the house. It's good for my guitars, and there are health benefits of maintaining optimal humidity too.
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Old 03-08-2018, 02:17 PM
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I'm in Denver, and it gets pretty dry inside with the heat on in the winter -- regularly around 20 percent or lower. When the hygrometer goes below 30, I keep the guitar in its case overnight (or whenever I know I'm not going to play it for a few hours) with a Humitar hanging in the soundhole and sometimes another one up by the headstock. That's enough to keep things at 40 or more inside the case, and the sponges only need to be re-wetted every couple weeks. I'm a lazy person, and even I don't have a problem keeping to this.
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