#1
So, I'm living in Switzerland right now.
I'm going back to the Philippines this summer, and I'm planning to buy a really good guitar there and bring it back to my place, since it's way cheaper this way.
I went to two different guitar stores, and asked them, if it'd be a problem, to buy the guitar in the Philippines. I asked them, if there won't be a problem caused by the climatic changes. One of them said, that there won't be a problem, hence some guitars are made of tropical woods. The other one said, that good guitars will probably react to the climatic change, and there's a possibilty, that it'll break.
So, what do you guys think?
I'm pretty helpless at the moment, because I don't really know, what will happen, and I don't feel like buying something, when it breaks, when I bring it back to Switzerland.
#2
it wont break by any means. Guitars are constantly shipped all over the world.

The worst that'll happen is it will have to be re set up. (Intonation, string height, ect.)
#3
so, the tune of the guitar might change?
and the guitar won't get a crack, even if it's so hot in the philippines, and in the winter damn cold in switzerland?
#4
The primary cause of cracking is low humidity, which should not be a problem in the Philippines.

Another possible cause is abrupt temperature changes. Leaving your instrument in a freezing car for hours and then popping into a warm house and starting to play. Best to leave it in the case and let it warm up gradually.
When you arrive, leave the instrument in it's case for a couple of days and let it get used to the increased heat and humidity.
#5
it depends. are you talking about a guitar that was locally built in the philippines?

i've seen a lot of guitars made in indonesia that break here in the u.s. even though they're being kept at around 45%, and i've read about some on agf in the philippines with the same issue. the reason for this is because the wood was seasoned and built at high humidity - like over 70% - so to those guitars, 45% is very dry. and dryness is the leading cause of cracks in guitars.
#6
no, I'm talking about the brand guitars like gibson and so on made in europe or america.

I asked some other friends. one told me, that it'll be a problem. the weather in the philippines is always at the same level. around 30 degree. but if i bring it to switzerland, the weather will be a lot different from the phillipines with the winter and so on.
the other told me, that it won't be a problem, since all the professional musician bring along their own guitar on the tours, means it won't crack. I just need a good case to store it, and that way I can leave it in my room, in the case in switzerland, so that it won't crack.

I'm hoping, that the guitars in the phillipiens are cheaper, which I can bring back to switzerland afterwards.
I'm still thinking about it. any other opinion? still got 1 week left, till I go to the phillippines.
#7
any other opinions?
thanks for the opinions till now, but I still can't decide.