#1
I'm going camping over the weekend and I want to bring my acoustic guitar (don't worry, I'm not asking for song suggestions) but it's kind of nice and I don't want it to be ruined by the weather. The temperatures and humidity shouldn't be too extreme, but I can't predict that with any certainty. What can I do to make sure my guitar is okay? I always heard you shouldn't leave a guitar in the car overnight, but where else would I put it? In the tent? If you have any experience in this area or any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks. And sorry if this is in the wrong forum--the question is about an acoustic guitar.
#2
Consider getting a "beater" guitar if you're concerned about it. This is where a full-size guitar with laminate back/sides is actually a decent option. Guitars with laminate woods are less susceptible to surrounding environment, and you don't really need a perfect tone outdoors anyway. I wouldn't recommend one of those "travel" guitars, because they're too small to project a decent volume in an open space (with the possible exception of Taylor Big Baby, maybe).

I couldn't possibly imagine bringing my all-solid guitar with a glossy finish to an camping environment.
#3
That's a good idea, but the camping trip is tomorrow. Any ideas for taking care of the one I already have? Is it really much better to leave it at home?
#4
Can you tell me what your guitar is like? Then I can give my best opinion on what you should do with it.
#5
I would just keep it in its case inside the tent with you.

But, really, if your guitar is any kind of expensive i would think twice about bringing it. Although its fun to have a guitar while camping, there is tons of disaster potential.
#6
I wouldn't bring it unless you have a nice case to keep it in. Otherwise its gonna get slightly messed up. With temperature fluctuations and humidity changes between day and night. But one or two nights wont really destroy it or anything, but it could.
#7
Quote by TokyoNeko
Can you tell me what your guitar is like? Then I can give my best opinion on what you should do with it.


Sure. It's a Blueridge BR-70. A website selling the model says that they have a solid top and East Indian rosewood fretboard and bridge, and that the back and sides are laminated Brazilian rosewood.
#8
Okay, so that's exactly the type of "beater" guitar I described earlier... laminated side/back.

In that case, you'll probably be okay if you keep it safely in a case for a couple of days... assuming that the conditions don't fluctuate too much night and day. But definitely do not leave it in your car.
#9
Agreed. Keep it in the shade of a tent, in its case. Don't get it too close to the fire, and if you're going to be somewhere humid, try to pick up some dessicant gel.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#10
Quote by Chad48309
Agreed. Keep it in the shade of a tent, in its case. Don't get it too close to the fire, and if you're going to be somewhere humid, try to pick up some dessicant gel.

Thanks. Will do.
#11
You can find desiccant gel packs at any packaging store, and sometimes in dollar stores and convenience stores (like CVS or Rite-Aid). Please note they are for only extremely humid climates. If the travel to the campground is a long one, consider loosening the strings on your guitar for the journey.
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#12
Quote by TokyoNeko
Okay, so that's exactly the type of "beater" guitar I described earlier... laminated side/back.

In that case, you'll probably be okay if you keep it safely in a case for a couple of days... assuming that the conditions don't fluctuate too much night and day. But definitely do not leave it in your car.


Sorry for being a noob, but what's wrong with keeping it in the car?
You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye.
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer
where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but
I'm getting blown away.
#13
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Sorry for being a noob, but what's wrong with keeping it in the car?


Could get to hot or cold, depending on where you are.
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#14
To be more specific, the temperature fluctuation is much greater inside the car than outside of it.
#15
Quote by TokyoNeko
To be more specific, the temperature fluctuation is much greater inside the car than outside of it.

This is why leaving your infant in a car can bake it (or freeze it) alive. Temperatures can either skyrocket or plummet inside of a car.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#16
Quote by Chad48309
This is why leaving your infant in a car can bake it (or freeze it) alive. Temperatures can either skyrocket or plummet inside of a car.


Ooh, I see. Thanks for clearing that up.
You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye.
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer
where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but
I'm getting blown away.