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    Public Service Announcement: humidification time!

    Hi folks,

    Friendly neighborhood Chazmo here with my annual PSA about winter humidity.... Having cracked two guitars in the past due to ignorance, take my first-hand word for it; guitars need care and feeding when the humidity drops.

    Here in the northeast, winter is kicking in. My guitar room is down to 40%RH and dropping because I have baseboard heating and my windows are closed/locked for winter.... Bad combination for the guitars, but welcome to the northeast!

    Anyway, Guild bretheren and sisteren, get your humidifiers on! :)

    Best wishes.
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    *snicker* I have been trying to remember to do that for a week or two now. Finally did it tonight. Just finished, sat down and get your timely reminder.
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    Whaa?? Don't you love that special crispy top response at 45%RH? Just don't let anyone take guitars into the room with the woodstove.
    I try to think but nuthin' happens.

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    You guys kill me. I've spent so much money on humidifier wickes and now we're switching to heat instead of a/c which is even more brutal!! SAVE ME!!!
    Tom in Vegas

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    No worries here:
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    :)

    Tom, well, yeah... You folks in the desert have to deal with this non-stop. I feel for you.

    Last year, my room humidifier developed a leak and caused some damage to my hardwood floor in my living room. Still, I'd rather that than damage my guitars! :)
    Guilds:
    1967 MK-VI Artist Special (Hoboken - Jacobs restoration 2018) - "The Mark"
    12ers:
    1994 JF-30-12Bld (Westerly),
    2006 F-512 (Tacoma),
    2010 F-212XL STD (New Hartford) - "Connie"
    2014 Orpheum 12 OOO SHRW (New Hartford)

    Other 12ers:
    1970 Martin D-12-20
    1980 Ibanez AW-75 (Series I)
    1984 Taylor 655

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    My life changed, as well that of my guitars when I found these;

    https://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/popup-sponges

    https://www.ebay.com/i/273770733248?...hoCYUYQAvD_BwE



    A damp one in a baggie per guitar case, cost is very minimal, remember to rehydrate occasionally. It's a must with all of my acoustics as we burn wood, house is pretty dry, but all of your electrics can benefit from this, especially when you feel fret ends sticking out in an uncomfortable way.

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    We had an unusual cold front blow through a couple of weeks ago when we reached 19 degrees, and my 2 hygrometers read 21% humidity in the house. I did three things.....I ran the room humidifier, cased the guitars and stuck Kyser soundhole humidifiers in them, and stuck a small cup of water in the cases.

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    Ha, West, don't forget about those cups of water when you go to play one of your guitars!
    TODAY is the TOMORROW you spent all day YESTERDAY acting like there was no.

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