Frank's Music Centre News http://www.franksmusiccentre.cahttps://www.franksmusiccentre.ca/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Thu, 20 Jan 2022 16:07:57 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Like You, Guitars Need Moisture, But Not Too Much http://www.franksmusiccentre.cahttps://www.franksmusiccentre.ca/modules/news.htm?newsId=10178 <p><span>In short,&nbsp;</span><strong>winter weather</strong><span>&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><strong>guitars</strong><span>&nbsp;don't mix well at all.&nbsp;</span><strong>Winter weather</strong><span>&nbsp;causes humidity to fluctuate, which can cause all sorts of problems with your&nbsp;</span><strong>guitar</strong><span>. Cracked finishes are common in extremely&nbsp;</span><strong>cold temperatures</strong><span>, but other issues include neck warping and twisting.</span><br /><br />The ideal humidity range for your acoustic guitar is anywhere&nbsp;<span>between 45% &ndash; 55%</span>, with the sweet spot being right smack in the middle at 50%.</p> <p>Acoustic guitars, especially the more expensive ones, are most affected by humidity and temperature because they&rsquo;re made from ultra-thin sheets of wood and held together primarily by glue. Lots and lots of glue. These (mostly organic) materials are sensitive to extremes in humidity.</p> <p>Solidbody electric guitars are generally less sensitive to weather conditions, because they tend to be built with thick slabs of wood and are held together more with screws&nbsp;and similar hardware. However, this doesn&rsquo;t mean electric guitar owners are completely off the hook. They&nbsp;still need to pay attention to this stuff too.<br /><br /><span>To cut/control the humidity</span><span>, I recommend the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.franksmusiccentre.ca/shop/c/p/Planet-Waves-Humidipak-Kit-x51732794.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-geniuslink="//buy.geni.us/Proxy.ashx?TSID=15177&amp;GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FPWaves2way-T%2Fdp%2FB000OMG0KI%2F%3Ftag%3Dhumidity01-20&amp;dtb=1">D&rsquo;Addario Two-Way Humidification System</a><span>&nbsp;(pictured right). This awesome little system is called &ldquo;two-way&rdquo; because it maintains proper humidity inside your case no matter WHAT the weather is like&hellip; too dry or too humid. Best of both worlds!<br /><br /></span>Mark@FMC</p>