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thomasross20;235878" said:Just bought the larrivee om02 for £750... Absolutely amazing guitar. But I also want an ooo15m!!
unless you have the guitar in a hot room that needs air-con, or have serious damp problems, then a dehumidifier is not needed
In any non-damp house, the whole house will have dry air in winter, regardless of whether you turn off the radiator in the room the guitar is stored in.
Guitars do suffer in the Uk from dry air in winter - especially when it is dry and cold outside, or snowing. Laminated guitars will not split as easy, but the necks can still warp, and frets can come out of the fingerboard
cheapest solution is to dry towels on radiators, and keep the guitar in the case with a case humidifier
best solution is one of these: http://www.airandwatercentre.com/boneco-s150-steam-humidifier-1224-details/
with one of these: http://www.airandwatercentre.com/plug-in-humidistat-259-details/
this is the in-guitar, in-case one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Planet-Waves-Acoustic-Guitar-Humidifier/dp/B0002D0COE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1399808053&sr=8-3&keywords=planet+waves+humidipak. these are not as accurate as a room one AFAIK
If you prefer to keep the guitar ready to play, a room one is easier, and can obviously care for many guitars at once
thomasross20;238358" said:Guys at work seemed to love the Larrivee. Even non-players commented on how good it sounded
Tom, if you are in Edinburgh all you need is a decent hard case. It never gets dry enough to damage a guitar unless you have central heating blasting all of the time. I´ve kept loads of acoustics in the UK and never had problems. Not storing them near radiators and keeping them in a hard case is pretty much all you need to do with them. If you move them to more extreme climates (ie dry) then the change can effect them and that is when you need an in case humidifier. But the UK climate is gentle on wood.
Wouldn't reallly agree with that. Unless you are keeping the guitar in the garden, it is best to really forget what the local outdoor humidity is altogether, and just focus on on what it actually is in your house. And the only way to do that is to monitor it.
He is in Edinburgh, it is cold in winter, the heating will be on a lot, therefore there will be a very real dnager of low humidity. I live in Glasgow and have some nice acoustics, and Hygrometers for the room they live in. Several to ensure accuracy. It gets well below 30% on many winter days and my CH usage is just normal. And yesterday when it was quite warm it was up at about 67%.
All stuff that could easily damage a guitar. Particular cracking at the lower humidity levels.
yes, humidity should not be ignored in the UK. Most houses will get down to low 30%-34% during the winter, enough to damage an acoustic. Very simple physics: heat outdoor air by 20C, and it's RH drops by half, so 60% outside becomes 30% inside.
Cold dry, snowy weather is worst, by rights indoor RH should be 10%, but humans and cooking help this up to 25% + usually