#1
hey guys! this is my first post. i have a really bad issue with my guitar. I recently borrowed my cousins guitar to go to camp with it since its a lot cheaper (the wholesale one) and i was totally surprised when the sound that it made was much more deeper and richer than mine ...and more volume too..(although i think thats just cuz it has a bigger body since mine has a smaller body, correct me if im wrong please) So basically it sounded much much better than mine. I don't know why but everytime i strum now the sound my guitar makes seems really bright and harsh...and it sounds even worse when i plug it into the amp. It doesnt have that "ringing sound" that my cousin's guitar has. I went to a guitar store and tried a guitar similar to mine and that one had a good sound too...so it's just my guitar. I just changed the strings to a d'addario phosphor bronze Ej16 light pack like a day ago and it sounded much better than it did before as the strings i had before were really old. however, it still sounds really bad compared to my cousin's guitar. Can anyone help? Or tell me what it is? Is it because i used the light acoustic guitar strings on a folk guitar with a smaller body so it made the sound even brighter? Or is it because the humidity changed the wood in the body? I had it checked up at the guitar store where i bought it but they did nothing for me as i showed them a 1 year warranty instead of money. (1 Year Warranty and No Money = "your guitar is just fine, i hear nothing wrong with it") So yeah..anyone have any ideas what I can possibly try out to improve the sound? I know it didn't sound like this when I first got it about 8 months ago...I really have no idea why the sound quality has gotten so bad...
Last edited by kenshin902 at Sep 2, 2007,
#2
Hi humidity can cause the wood to swell and dampen out the sound, sort of muffling it. Acoustic guitars thrive at about 45% humidity levels. The wood is then moist enough to maintain it's shape and strength, but also dry enough to reverbrate the sound waves back out of the sound hole properly. Another thought would be to change the saddle over to a bone one if isn't already. The use of lights on your Seagull isn't an issue. It should sound good with that gauge string. I'm leaning more towards humidity levels tho since you mentioned that it sounded better when you first bought it than it does now. It's now the high humidity season, at least here in the midwest of the USA.
#3
Bump for humidity. My guitar is fine because I have a dehumidifier in summer and a humidifier in winter.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#4
should I leave it somewhere cold to get the humidity out?? Like in the basement?
#7
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hmmm... never heard of humidity screwing up guitars, and i live in florida!

I weep for your guitar. Imagine if you were to leave your guitar in a bucket of water. Do you think it would be affected when you took it out? Of course it would. The air is full of water. If you want to see how much, set a cold glass outside on a hot day and look at the outside of it. And that's everywhere.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#8
what if i leave it outside on a hot day but in the shade? Just to dehumidify it a bit with the heat? would that work if i was careful about it? or too risky? or not work at all..?
#9
Heat has nothing to do with humidity. You need to control the amount of water in the air, not the temperature.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#10
I guess he wants to know if the damage is reversible, and I'd like to know the same. As far as I know, my guitar hasn't been damaged by humidity or lack thereof but it would be good to know if it would be permanent or what.

Does anybody know?

Can somebody explain how a humidifier/dehumidifier works? How much are they? How does one use them?
#11
A humidifier puts moisture into the air. Conversely, a dehumidifier takes moisture out of the air. Most humidity issues are reversable, even if the instrument was submerged (just look at the story of Tony Rice's D-28). It may take a while, but the instrument can be brought back to its former glory. Keeping a guitar in its case with a Planet Waves Humidipak is a sure-fire way to keep the guitar in top condition. The climate inside a case is much easier to control than an entire room. If you keep all your guitars in a single room, then a (de)humidifier may be just what you need. However, inside a case, all you need to do is first try and bring the humidity to the correct level with dessicant gel and a hygrometer. Once the humidity is correct, the Planet Waves Humidipak will maintain the correct humidity.

A large-scale (de)humidifier can cost up to hundreds of dollars. They require more careful monitoring to determine when they should be used, if at all.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#12
Acoustic guitars respond to changes in humidity -- perhaps it needs to be set-up again to be optimal at your current level of humidity?

I was having problems with my new-ish guitar after 8 months of good tones. I took it in to tweak the setup, and it plays waaaay better. They may need to tweak the truss rod and adjust the saddle for you.

It might also be the age of the guitar (assuming the one you borrowed has been played a lot), as soundboards reverberate better as the guitar is played more.
#13
wow, glad i read this.

i usually keep my planet waves humidifier chilling inside my alvarez rd20 (even right now) because i thought thats what i need to do; but i thought to myself the same thing the thread starter did when i played my friends cheaper acoustic: "man, this sounds better than mine and costs $$$ less!"

sounds like i need to take it out and invest in a hygrometer...