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Guitar Humidification

"Humidification - The artificial regulation of humidity..."

To humidify your guitar is important as problems with humidity can lead to heartbreak for the classical (or other) guitarist. All guitar makers agree that excessive humidity or dryness can ruin an instrument probably quicker than you think. You must always be aware of what conditions you are leaving your instrument, whether inside a guitar case or within a room or in the open.

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When guitars are built, they are usually in an environment where the relative humidity of the room is kept constant, roughly around 50%. To be safe you ideally should keep your instrument around this mark though they are generally regarded as safe between 40%-70% as the upper and lower margins.

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Below or above this can be drastic for your instrument! An interesting example of anecdotal evidence of problems with humidity I've heard is with Ramirez guitars. Because they're made in Spain where the humidity is often above the 50% mark and are shipped to areas where the humidity is much lower with dry winter conditions, they can easily develop cracks and slits throughout the guitar.

Having made an investment for such a beautiful guitar, you'd be mad not to invest in a relatively cheap system for keeping the humidity of your guitar constant. Like a guitar humidifier case, for example...

Or for something more inexpensive try the Oasis Guitar Humidifier and Hygrometer...

The damage caused by too much humidity or of drying out your instrument can range from cracks, splits and shrinkage to warping and even snapping of the wood. There are many things you can do to prevent humidity problems from the start. You know the old saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", especially when it comes to humidifying a guitar...

I would recommend keeping your house, or wherever you keep your instrument, at  a constant temperature and humidity all year round. Next I would get a humidifier for my guitar case. Whether it's one sold commercially, or a home-made one. The moisture in commercial humidifiers are slowly released. They are attached to the inside of your case. Another thing to invest in is a "hygrometer", which is an instrument that will keep track of humidity, or lack of it in your guitar case. As mentioned above, some guitar cases are made with these things as standard.

If you follow these few simple rules and keep an eye out for changes in temperature and humidity, it shouldn't be hard to keep your instrument in good order.

You can even solve your guitar humidification problems here...

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