How to Care for Your Guitar
Meteorologists refer to the understanding and being aware of facts of humidity as relative humidity. The ability of the air to take in or retain water or to dry objects containing moisture the air surrounds is what this applies to.
Subject to the humidity situations in the workshop or factory where the guitar is assembled. The best or perfect level of humidity for a guitar, changes from one musical instrument to another.
The humidity present when the instrument was being assembled, decided the primary dimensions of the guitar. When the guitar is assembled this configuration of dimension is permanently sealed into the entire structure. Each component will expand or shrink unevenly when the humidity changes but the dimensions of the guitar’s structure will remain uniformly constant.
The woods tendency to either expand or shrink with humidity changes is the most frustrating problem arises during the care and maintenance of a high quality guitar. High quality guitars are made from solid wood so the damage humidity changes cause are expensive to repair. The sound is superior in these expensive guitars compared to lower priced instruments. Due to the propensity to expand or shrink solid woods are very susceptible to changes in humidity.
A guitar will lack projection and volume giving it a lifeless and damp tone when high humidity makes it sound “waterlogged”. High humidity can also damage a guitar structurally.
When the back of the guitar is made of very hard wood such as rosewood , bloating is a problem. The expansion of the wood causing the glue on the brace’s edge to detach is what causes this problem.
Deterioration triggered by the intense humidity is a problem that can occur when a guitar is kept in the basement.
There are even more severe problems brought on by extremely low humidity levels. At some point the stress on the wood due to uneven shrinkage results in cracks and the excessive loss of moisture in the wood makes the sound of the guitar brittle.
You can fight humidity:
- Keep close watch on your guitar. Watch for signs of humidity damage by examining it often. When there is a drop in humidity the back will sink a bit. This is clearly noticeable. Backs grow an arch when humidity rises. Introduce some moisture such as placing a dish of water in the storage area if the back becomes increasingly flat.
- Especially in the winter you chose store you guitar in the case away from heat. Never all it to lean or hang on a wall, the case should be lying flat on the floor.
- Keep your guitar in a room with an air conditioning system as it dries out the air during periods of extremely high humidity.Keep your instrument in a warm room but not the basement as it tends to cool a great deal when it is not too hot outside.
- In order to handle extreme dryness there are numerous devices available. The use of a furnace-mounted humidifier can be effective as well as hassle-free when low humidity occurs in your area during chilly or cold weather. Very efficient and space saving is ideal when your space is limited. This is where console humidifiers with rotating belts come in.
A very effective product to place inside the guitar in order to absorb moisture in it is Dampit.
Even ten years later when cared for properly and carefully a guitar that has a good sound now can be a wonderful sounding guitar.
The echoing of wood is what creates the sound of a guitar. The echoing quality will improve as the wood matures increasing guitar’s worth. A guitar model, make and style that can no longer be gotten can be worth several times more than the original cost in fifty years.
An investment worth your trouble is a good quality guitar.