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Old 11-30-2008, 10:08 PM   #61
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Here's a few videos I found on the Taylor website that explains exactly what happens when you do not humidify a guitar.

http://www.taylorguitars.com/see-hear/
On the right, click on "Performance Tips/Maintenance"

The effects of a dry guitar can be quite devastating. Don't let it happen to you.

I've also added this to the front page for reference.
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:29 AM   #62
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Ah! I almost got sick watching that!
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Old 12-01-2008, 02:19 AM   #63
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I watched the video, and checked my guitar immediately afterwards. I have a cheap Carlo Robelli acoustic that I bought off of an ex-girlfriend for $50, but it plays a lot nicer than most of the budget gear under 500 in any guitar center I've been to. But that's besides the point. I did notice some unevenness on the faces of my guitar. Not awful, but not pretty. As far as I can tell, my acoustic does not have such an exaggerated bump (pitchers mound as they say on the Taylor video) as others I've played.

Now onto the question. Is there any way to reverse the damaging affects of humidity? Or am I screwed now that It's warped? I have never kept this guitar in a hard case for very long, for I don't have one. I like my acoustic an awful lot, and I don't want it to become unplayable. It's already beat up from playing it so much and generally not caring about her appearance. Yet I still care for her and I'd be devastated if she didn't play well.

I plan on buying a nice Takamine soon (maybe tomorrow), and I'll be sure to buy a good case and humidifier/hygrometer.
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Old 12-01-2008, 02:47 AM   #64
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Most guitars won't have a perfect "pitchers mound" from what I've experienced(unless they're new, and even then, not all brands design their guitars like that.). They'll be a little bit wavey, and that's just from normal usage. My Martin actually has a very very slight wave in it, even though I keep it properly humidified. Some guitars don't even have that shape to begin with, but the main purpose of showing that video around was just to highlight the damage that can be potentially caused.

As for reversing the damage caused by humidity, it is possible to restore the guitar up to a point, but there will probably still be a bit of a wave in the top. If your guitar is in need of being restored from low humidity damage then take it to a guitar tech. They'll make sure your guitar is in good condition.
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:32 AM   #65
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Old 12-01-2008, 09:47 PM   #66
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I have a grover tube humidifier, i dump it in water, and it humidifies

is this good?
i mean it does the job, i have the case too,

am i set>
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:09 PM   #67
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Yea, pretty much. Just leave the guitar and humidifier in the case when you're not using it.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:21 PM   #68
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:43 PM   #69
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So if i have an acoustic-electric (Takamine eg530ssc) will the homemade humidifier hurt my electronics?
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:48 PM   #70
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it's perfectly fine.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:49 PM   #71
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So I live in Florida, and it's always pretty humid here. I don't think I'll need a humidifier, but for the summer, would it get TOO humid? Are there guitar DEHumidifiers?
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:53 PM   #73
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So I live in Florida, and it's always pretty humid here. I don't think I'll need a humidifier, but for the summer, would it get TOO humid? Are there guitar DEHumidifiers?


Yes there are. For you, a dehumidifier is probably the right way to go. It's always hot in florida, and it's always humid. You can probably find one in music stores around your area.
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:15 PM   #74
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How often should I refill my humidifier? I got this one: http://www.banzaieffects.com/files/...led/23084_1.gif (It came with a simple package that said how to fill and where to place it but not when to refill).
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:25 AM   #75
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I'm not sure when to refill yours either. Mine is simple because it shrivels when it's empty(it's a cylindrical water permeable cloth.). Can you tell when the humidifier's full? If you can then just top if off every week or so and it should be good.
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Old 12-04-2008, 06:59 PM   #76
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Weekly sounds good, I usually boil up some tea Sunday evenings any who Thanks.
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:30 PM   #77
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Dang, now I want some tea. I shall make some!
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Old 12-07-2008, 12:02 AM   #78
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What about boiled water >_>
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Boiled water might be okay, but it doesn't remove minerals. It only kills bacteria, so there's a possibility of those minerals leaving residue over time(which is undesirable).
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Old 12-08-2008, 02:00 PM   #80
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I have a classical guitar cedar top, and I live in Toronto Canada right now so it's the winter season and the furnaces are lit in my house. I keep my guitar in the hard shell case all the time use an Oasis Humidifier with distilled water at all times.

In 4 days I am leavnig to go to Lima, Peru for 3 months to visit my family and wanted to bring my guitar with me as I can't go a day without it let alone 3 months. If I leave it here I won't be able to refill the distilled water in the Oasis humidifier anyway so that will leave the guitar sitting around for 3 months unhumidified so I don't want to leave it here risking that anyway.

In Lima right now it's summer time and blazing hot. My cousin's house which I am staying at doesn't have an airconditioning system or a heater so I cant really keep it in a "cool airconditioned" place. Should I humidify it at all times when I'm there? or will the summer humidity be enough for the guitar? I don't want to over humidify the guitar from the humidity of the climate and the Oasis humidifier together?

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