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Old 11-08-2008, 02:19 PM   #41
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# All wood construction for full sound
# Chrome Covered Tuning Gears
# Solid Maple Fingerboard and Bridge

Doesn't mean it's made of solid wood?

Damn bastards!

Curiosity, though. What's the difference in solid wood and all wood, then?
(PM me if you think this doesn't belong here)

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Old 11-08-2008, 02:28 PM   #42
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"All" wood could be anything. Plywood, wood from your mother's antique cabinet, etc. Any type of wood, no matter how good or crappy it may be. It basically means it's made of any old piece of wood they found. Generally, it's just plywood though.

"Solid" wood is a plank of wood taken directly from a tree. It's generally higher quality and will make your guitar sound better the more you play it.

Your guitar has a fingerboard and bridge made of solid wood, but the body construction is most likely plywood(plywood is generally for lower quality products, although some companies make REALLY good plywood). But yeah... You get what you pay for--in general, anyway.

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Old 11-08-2008, 02:34 PM   #43
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Ah! And that's where the dog is buried!

Thanks again, dude

EDIT: Didn't buy my guitar. Brother gave me.
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:59 PM   #44
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i went out and got one today, thanks for the heads up. I had totally forgot because this is my first winter with a nice acoustic
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Old 11-16-2008, 12:40 PM   #45
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What precautions can be taken with high relative humidity? My guitar should arrive in about a week so I might pick up a hygrometer and assess the situation myself.

I'm in South Florida, by the way. Should I invest in a small dehumidifier of some sort?
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Old 11-16-2008, 01:13 PM   #46
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Not too sure about how the humidity levels are in Florida, so a hygrometer would definitely be a good idea. If it's over 60% then I would invest in a dehumidifier. 60% should be the absolute maximum.
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Old 11-16-2008, 02:02 PM   #47
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Alas, I just got a hardshell (finally) and new humidifier And it just started snowing here lol.
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Old 11-16-2008, 02:15 PM   #48
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Yeah, the weather's pretty crazy. Snowed here as well.
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Old 11-16-2008, 04:52 PM   #49
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wel...guess my guitar is screwed...unless my room windows are shut and the guitar case is right next to the heater all day.
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:01 PM   #50
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Putting a guitar next to a heater is a really bad idea. The temperatures become uneven at different parts of the guitar. One part will want to stay the same while the other will want to expand.
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Old 11-17-2008, 02:46 PM   #51
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then I should get a humidifier...unless there's another way which would include me keeping the same amount of money that I have.
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Old 11-17-2008, 02:58 PM   #52
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Ring out a wet sponge or cloth and put it in a ziplock bag with holes in it and then stick it in a hard case with your guitar. It's not the best humidifier, but it'll work alright.
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Old 11-17-2008, 05:36 PM   #53
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one of my guitars has no strings at the moment, will the heat affect the neck/what can i do?
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Old 11-17-2008, 05:52 PM   #54
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As long as it's not next to a heat vent, you'll be fine. Necks will not warp from lack of strings unless it's a really long period of time. Couple of years.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:28 PM   #55
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Under what circumstances should I have a humidifier? I live in the UK, the radiator is never on in my room, but the temperature changes a lot.
I'm finally getting a nice 12 string acoustic for christmas. Do I need a humidifier then?

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Old 11-24-2008, 12:37 AM   #56
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Even in the UK you'll probably need a humidifier. I'm not 100% sure though since I live very far away from you. The best way to tell if to check a hygrometer.
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:52 PM   #57
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What I do is leave my window open about an inch or so. whe humidity from the outside helps to balance the dry air inside. Seems to work, cause my old friend is 30 yrs old and it still sounds great. But then I also live in northern Cali which is fairly damp in the winter, but not really COLD. it's about 50s. I also have a hanging over the window too. but it worked when i lived up in Oregon, and works down here too.

I also keep my kids in their cases if I'm not actively playing for longer than three days. (outrageous I know, but has happened.)

Different question entirely. My younger sister has recently taken up guitar, Does anyone have any nifty hints on how she can build up 'tar calluses on her fingertips as well as her index finger (barre chords)? All I know is doing it the hard way. So helpful hints would be gratefully appreciated.

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Old 11-25-2008, 06:17 PM   #58
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For the matter of humidity... as long as you're within the target range of 40-60% then it's all good. I wouldn't suggest doing this for most people though since excessive cold can also cause damage. Being in the 50 degree range though, you're method is suitable for you.

I think the best advice I could give after doing it the hard way is actually more of a list of things not to do to ruin your callouses while in the process of building them.

1. Use moisturizer. It makes the callouses softer and less prone to cracking and tearing off.
2. Don't play after exposing your skin to water for a long period of time(after a shower). The callouses will be soft and rip off quite easily.
3. Do NOT(for the love of God), do NOT keep peeling them. I kept doing it for fun(yes I'm a strange one, maybe...) and it took me forever to build my callouses even though I played a lot.

Strangely enough, I've never built callouses on any other part of my hand except for the finger tips. I can barre and stuff just fine too. Maybe that's just me?
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:40 AM   #59
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Well most people don't develop barre chord calluses...that is I guess unless you play them a lot...

One way I built up calluses quickly was grab my guitar and run my fingers up and down the strings when I wasn't playing. Worked like a charm
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:33 AM   #60
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Thank you very much for the tips and hints. And the reason behind the Barre question was because she's been saying when she tries to barre, the ridge where the joint is hurts. Kinda does mine too, but then I've broken that finger a couple times. No one ever tells you in your 20's that all the damage you've done to your body will come back to bite you in the arse when you hit your late 30s & 40s.

Again, thank you very much, and I hope everyone has a good (and safe) holiday season.
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