Humidity

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Jim Colangelo
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Humidity

Postby Jim Colangelo » Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:32 pm

I am in an area where we have water and the humidity most of the year is 55% to 60%. Guitar case humidity ends up being the same. I understand 50% humidity to be ideal. Will my levels harm the guitar as long as there are no sudden changes? I use a sound hole humidifier in them in the winter. Thanks.

Black Beauty
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Re: Humidity

Postby Black Beauty » Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:38 pm

I believe the guitars are built in 45% humidity conditions. There's the chance that the top can belly over time at 55~60%. I personally use Silica gel packs and Humidipaks together in the case. I don't know if taking a guitar out of the case for an hour long playing session would be considered a "sudden change" in humidity or not as presumably it takes time for the wood to absorb humidity.
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Ryan at Bourgeois
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Re: Humidity

Postby Ryan at Bourgeois » Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:58 pm

Hi Jim,

We recommend keeping our guitars in an environment with a relative humidity between 40% and 60%. If 60% is your maximum humidity, you should be safe. It is good to know how to spot the systems of a wet guitar in case it is getting too much humidity, This PDF from our friends at Taylor made a very helpful PDF for this:

https://www.taylorguitars.com/sites/def ... Guitar.pdf

Dana recently published an article on guitar humidity you can read at http://bit.ly/guitar_humidity . We also address humidity on our site in the Guitar Care section http://bourgeoisguitars.net/support/guitar-care/

We recommend D'Addario Humipaks for maintaining the correct humidity inside a guitar case (these work for both wet and dry conditions). We also recommend always keep you guitar in the case when you are not playing it.

It's also worth mentioning that all of our guitar tops are designed to have some belly, and that it's not necessarily a symptom of a wet guitar (although the swelling of a wet guitar can be similar), Dana talks about top-bellying in this article - http://bourgeoisguitars.net/our-news/belly/

That's a lot of information, but hopefully that helps!

Ryan Fitzsimmons
Bourgeois Guitars


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