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    Default Humidity anyone?

    Since my guitars always stay in their cases, I've procrastinated using a humidity system of any kind. Knowing this is risky.

    My daughter Tanya just sent me two Case Humidifiers by Oasis. One goes to my '69 Harmony Stratotone Jupiter; the other to my "69 Guild F-50". What's your take on humidifying yer older guitars?

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    I've had issues for years with my D55.....
    I have them all hanging & the Guild on the floor usually....
    I humidified the room as soon as the splits start showing in the Guild, mid November to April when the humidity level starts to rise...
    I do keep the door open in the room, it is not sealed....
    I used to keep the Guild in the case with a Planet Waves humidifier, but this works best for all the guitars...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinsmith View Post
    I've had issues for years with my D55.....
    I have them all hanging & the Guild on the floor usually....
    I humidified the room as soon as the splits start showing in the Guild, mid November to April when the humidity level starts to rise...
    I do keep the door open in the room, it is not sealed....
    I used to keep the Guild in the case with a Planet Waves humidifier, but this works best for all the guitars...
    "...as soon as the splits start showing in the Guild,..." Ouch!

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    I live in a dry climate and have used both Planet Waves and Oasis in-case humidifiers. They both worked fine but I was going a little crazy trying to get the humidity just right so I gave up and hoped for the best. I play very little acoustic and my acoustic (I'm down to one) is not that valuable so I was willing to take the risk. My guitar is still just fine with no noticeable changes after a good three years without added humidity. My guitar cost $500.00, but if I had some older and more valuable ones, I may have tried harder. I don't know. Like I said, it has been just fine.
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    Just noticed yer in Aridzona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinsmith View Post
    I've had issues for years with my D55.....
    I have them all hanging & the Guild on the floor usually....
    I humidified the room as soon as the splits start showing in the Guild, mid November to April when the humidity level starts to rise...
    I do keep the door open in the room, it is not sealed....
    I used to keep the Guild in the case with a Planet Waves humidifier, but this works best for all the guitars...
    Hey Tinsmith, do you notice splits at the binding...or where? My Guild F50 always is in the case but, sure nuff, I'd had some splitting between the body and
    binding. Now I'm humidifying and watching to see if those splits shrink.

    Doug

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    Binding is split, two cracks in the face.....The thing shrinks...musta been built on a friday...I think maybe some bracing let go......
    I've actually consided going to a high end luthier....A luther friend said, save your money, buy a new guitar.......still sound great & is comfortable....

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    Default Friday guitar...

    Quote Originally Posted by tinsmith View Post
    Binding is split, two cracks in the face.....The thing shrinks...musta been built on a friday...I think maybe some bracing let go......
    I've actually consided going to a high end luthier....A luther friend said, save your money, buy a new guitar.......still sound great & is comfortable....
    Hey, Tin. From a monetary sense it may be a toss-up...repair vs new guitar. My bias: I love Guilds and they are beginning to appreciate. I have a passion for collectible & vintage gear. So, when my brother passed last year, we took his 1970 Guild to Scott Freolich (a nationally respected luthier and vintage specialist at Top Shelf Guitars, on Hertel Avenue in Buffalo). The beautiful old guitar had been stored in the attic and self-destructed. For $600 Scott fully restored it and it's our family heirloom in memoriam for brother Greg.

    Be who you are, Tinsmith...more to the practical side, or maybe more passionate, and love the guitar yer playin.

    Doug

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    I do want to talk to this luthier regardless......

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinsmith View Post
    I do want to talk to this luthier regardless......
    Not sure if you mean your Luthier, or Scott in Buffalo. Just a heads up on Scott...he's now semi-retired from his shop and is playin some with his band. While I trust him completely, you need not go to the trouble of trying to get him to do your fix (I just wanted to give him credit for his help and exceptional expertise).

    If you get a copy of Vintage Guitar Magazine you'll find a trusted, highly skilled Luthier near you. Or maybe you actually live in Buffalo

 

 

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