Digital ones will work, too. I just like analog ones since they are inexpensive and easy to move from room to another etc. Most important thing is to have one!joachim33 wrote:What is wrong with digital ones? I find most digital kit (thermometers, scales) to be extremely precise, at a level ordinary analogue kit is not. Is that different with hygrometers?Luuttuaja wrote:I would suggest buying an analog hygrometer. You will need to calibrate it every now and then, though. Then you would know if your house humidity is too low.
That is great to know, I never thought about any issues to worry about until purchasing this guitar. I figured we are good over here with humidity but I wasn't sure.Jeffrey Armbruster wrote:Kspence: I live in Berkeley. When I bought my guitar at Guitar Solo in S.F I was told not to bother with humidification unless I left the area. John Mello, a luthier in my neighborhood, also says he doesn't worry about humidity here. It's a near perfect environment for classical guitars. That said, I use a humidipak in the winter when the heat is on, and in the summer in an attempt to lower the humidity in my case. Tellingly, I haven't had to replace my humidipak over the last 7 months. In the long summer, RH is typically in the 70's outside and near that indoors, as I leave my windows open. So get an hygrometer for sure. But we're moving into the long months when RH is likely to hover around or exceed 60% indoors. A dry humidipak to absorb moisture in your case is more likely what you will want. Happily my guitar was built in Portland so it's 'used to' humidity.
That is outside readings. Can't be inside because everyone would differ depending on their heating /air conditioning requirements. The original poster is living in ideal conditions being in the bay area. You however..in Sweden . . are not so fortunate. But I'm only assuming that you have a bigger temperature swing from summer to winter.joachim33 wrote:What is that 74%? Inside/outside, at which temperature. I have digital hygrometers (no proper clue how precise they are), but often showing 90% or more outside and 35% inside. That is in the middle of the heating period in southern Sweden. Taking outside humidity from the weather forecast is not good enough if you have a significant difference in temperature.montana wrote:Goggles it. Your average humidity level in the bay area is 74%. Should you really be worrying about adding humidity ? I live on the Pacific Ocean as well. Never worried about it.
Dory, Guit Cntr sells those Humicases so inexpensive. I wouldn't trust one for flying (the airlines would destroy it) but they do a great job of sealing the humidity in the case. I have one that the seal is so tight, that it is hard to get open without exerting some pressure on the lid. Then it makes this suction cup like sound when the seal breaks. If my son's guitar would have been in one, we wouldn't be repairing two cracks. He lives in Colorado Springs and two months there was all that was required to destroy it. His case didn't seal, and his humidifiers weren't enough as his guitar was in a wall unit heated dormitory and had humidity in the teens.dory wrote:Thank you for posting this. I played a laminated guitar for many years, and never worried about humidity. It didn't have a very good sound but was indestructable. I now have an Alhambra 7p. It is not fancy but it has a solid top and a pretty nice sound and I am in love with it since it is such a huge step up from my old guitar. It was also a gift from my husband to say he loves me and supports me in the endeavor of playing the guitar, so it is previoys to me. I have been using one of those sponge humidifiers inside my very cheap case that came with the guitar. Since I live in Wisconsin which can get dry in winter, I should probably get a humidicase. If I travel I will take my indestructable old guitar, so I am not so worried about a travel case. I just really don't want cracks. I really apreciate this posting.
Thank you!! And that's a great idea, I'm extra careful putting the guitar away, this is my first all solid guitar and I know it is more delicate than my C7 with laminate sides..Jeffrey Armbruster wrote:Kspence congratulations on the new baby! I'm like you, I obsess over the proper care of my guitar. Watch out for the metal clasps on your case! they can puncture the top if they fall on the guitar. I always hold the lid with one hand when I take my guitar out or put it away.(I'm picturing you holding the baby in one arm and putting the guitar in the case with the other, and , craash!) As for your guitar coming from Kansas: I doubt that this will be an issue, but others with more knowledge may have a better answer. Yes, Guitar Center has a great payment plan.