#1
Im thinking about bringing my acoustic to florida this year for the summer. I was wondering if bringing a guitar to the beach could cause damage to the instrument, due to humidity, heat, sand etc. Its a Taylor 214ce with satin finished back and sides if thats relevant.

Thx.
#2
Water would be your worst nightmare. sand isnt going to hurt anything.
#3
Actually, the sun and humidity could be very damaging.

The intense sun could loosen the glue if you leave it in direct sunlight for too long.

Humidity could also be an issue. If you aren't comfortable, neither is your guitar.

If you play it in the shade with a nice breeze, it would probably be okay. Keeping it indoors would also be just fine.
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Im thinking about bringing my acoustic to florida this year for the summer. I was wondering if bringing a guitar to the beach could cause damage to the instrument, due to humidity, heat, sand etc. Its a Taylor 214ce with satin finished back and sides if thats relevant.

Thx.

Of course it can cause damage if you handle all of these conditions irresponsibly.

First of all, when transporting the guitar either through the airport or in the car, loosen the strings to slack. After arriving, let the guitar acclimate to the weather with slightly-slacked strings for at least 24 hours. When on the beach, do not set the guitar in the sand, do not take it near the water, and put it back in its case when not in use (and do keep the case closed when not in use, unless you want scratches from sand all over your finish). Make sure to clean your hands thoroughly of sand and salt before handling your guitar (this includes your chest and pants, if resting it against your chest or on your knee).

If you do this, it will be fine.
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#6
Duuuuuude, the guitar will look totally vintage after that trip!

But yeah, just don't leave in the sun for too long
#7
Bringing a guitar to a beach will be very nice. Sand doesn't do damage at all, besides scratching, but you proabably aren't going to bury your guitar in sand. Be careful about putting sand INTO the guitar body. Stay away from water, definatly, heat probably doesn't do anything, unless it's over a very long period of time, and the humidity depends. If it's not TOO humid, it should be okay. (coating protects, unless there are many uncovered spots)Have a great vacation!

Main point: Probably it is okay.
#8
Once is probably no big deal if you are careful. If you will be in Florida the whole summer I'd say that a perfect example of why so many people like to have "an old beater" they can take anywhere and wouldn't be too concerned about if it were to be destroyed. I have an Epi PR-100 that sounds pretty good and is great for camping or going to the beach. I wouldn't take anything named Martin, Gibson or Taylor (other than Taylor Swift) to the beach with me.
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#9
By the way, if anyone ever uses the searchbar and stumbles upon this thread: if the guitar in question is a nylon string model BRING A GIG BAG!!! Whenever you're not using the guitar put it away immediately. Otherwise you might get sand slipping between the open tuning gears at the headstock which is just a pain in the hole (I even had to remove 'em first and then clean every gear by hand)

This is much less of a problem with steel string acoustics since the tuning mechanisms are enclosed, but I'd still look out with sand getting near the headstock because the finer particles could still slip in here and there

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#10
One word as an answer to the title of this topic: Yes.

The reasons already mentioned here.
#11
Quote by shwilly
By the way, if anyone ever uses the searchbar and stumbles upon this thread: if the guitar in question is a nylon string model BRING A GIG BAG!!! Whenever you're not using the guitar put it away immediately. Otherwise you might get sand slipping between the open tuning gears at the headstock which is just a pain in the hole (I even had to remove 'em first and then clean every gear by hand)

This is much less of a problem with steel string acoustics since the tuning mechanisms are enclosed, but I'd still look out with sand getting near the headstock because the finer particles could still slip in here and there

There are many steel string guitars that have open-back tuners ...

In fact, nearly all my guitars have Waverlys installed, which are open-back.
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#12
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If it's not TOO humid, it should be okay.


You do realize that Florida, in the summer, has humidity at around 90-100% almost daily..
#13
I've got the same guitar and I've taken it to the beach(Galveston, TX) more then a few times. As long as you wipe it down and don't leave it out you should be fine man.

BTW I live 30 miles south of Houston....maybe 40 mins from the coast and its always extremely humid, its never effected my playing outside with it.
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