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Am I using this guitar humidifier correctly? Answered

I recently acquired this Planet Waves Acoustic Guitar Humidifier, and on the package it says no leaks because the holes are on the side. I can only store my guitar (in its case) on its side, so one side is facing downwards. I am putting in the minimum recommended water amount, but i am still worried it will leak. Will it leak? Will I have to store the case laying flat? I really don't want my new acoustic to crack or warp, but i also don't want it to collect water, as this will mess up the wood. Please help!!!

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gmoonBest Answer (author)2011-11-27

Yeah, I think you've got it. Just make sure the sponge in the humidifier has soaked up all the water. Wipe it down, maybe shake it a little to dislodge any droplets.

I use a home-made guitar humidifier--take a camping soap carrier (the type that snaps shut), poke some holes in it. Cut a sponge up to fit inside, soak it with water, and place it in the case--anywhere will do. Done. "Recharge" the sponge every few weeks.

Probably would make an easy instructable for someone.

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freeza36 (author)gmoon2011-11-27

That is a genius idea. You should make an instructable.

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Kiteman (author)2011-11-26

I've never heard of a guitar humidifier before - do you actually need to use it?

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freeza36 (author)Kiteman2011-11-26

If you live in an area of high elevation and low humidity, your guitars can be messed up. My grandfather has an expensive Ovation that he stored in his basement for a few years. When he took it out, its neck was warped and it had large cracks on the body. (he now uses a full size humidifier, because he has multiple acoustic guitars)

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Kiteman (author)freeza362011-11-27

Haha, low humidity is not generally a problem in the UK...

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Re-design (author)Kiteman2011-11-26

I wondered this also. Taylor suggests using these. I bought a taylor about 3 years ago and don't use a humidifier and my guitar is still un-cracked yet. I had never heard of the practice until I read my Taylor manual.

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freeza36 (author)Re-design2011-11-26

At what altitude do you live though? I live near the Rocky Mountians in Colorado, where it is also very dry.

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Re-design (author)freeza362011-11-26

I live in Texas where the humidity ranges from very low to very high depending on the time of year. The guitar is stored in a house with a/c so it stays pretty dry inside but I take it out in the back yard or in my workshop lots to play(practice) so it's going in and out of the controlled environment often.

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freeza36 (author)Re-design2011-11-26

Yeah I am not sure. I just don't want to take the risk with my new Takamine.

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Kiteman (author)Re-design2011-11-26

My youngest has a guitar, and loves his gadgets, but he's never suggested that he needs a humidifier.

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