Camping with a guitar

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Atocha5
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Camping with a guitar

Post by Atocha5 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:57 pm

I have just been camping in an old family cabin with no heat, running water or internet and it was absolutely wonderful except that it was too cold to play my guitar there! The only source of heat was a huge stone fireplace that was going the whole time. It was great for reading, but I was afraid to bring my guitar near enough for my hands to be warm because the heat might affect the finish. I am curious if other people have run into this dilemma and if so, how close to the heat source did they allow the guitar?
I know this is not a run-of-the-mill question but I camp quite often and always worry about heat and/or cold. Thanks.

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Stephen Kenyon
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Re: Camping with a guitar

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:18 pm

Best bet is take an old guitar that doesn't matter and snuggle up to the fireplace!
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Re: Camping with a guitar

Post by Atocha5 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:21 pm

Thanks Stephen, great advice. I don’t have an “old guitar that doesn’t matter” but I think I will find one! That would solve my dilemma and allow me all those lost hours of playing while I’m out & about.

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Re: Camping with a guitar

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:28 pm

Good opportunity to get one from a charity shop or the like.
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Yvon
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Re: Camping with a guitar

Post by Yvon » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:10 pm

I have an old lapatrie étude that I keep for those situation
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Re: Camping with a guitar

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:56 pm

I have a guitar just for such situations, but I only tend to camp when the weather is nice, although there are changes in humidity as even in the nice weather, there are changes in humidity where I am at. You will probably want to get one that is made of laminates though if you are going to be exposing it to changes in heat and cold.

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Re: Camping with a guitar

Post by Todd Tipton » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:24 pm

Experience has taught me that a bottom-of-the-line Yamaha is good reliable guitar. Very playable, and often sounding much better than many guitars costing more.
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Re: Camping with a guitar

Post by dory » Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:15 pm

I have an old Martin just for situations like that. It is sometimes nice to have an indestructable guitar.
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Re: Camping with a guitar

Post by vinnyob22 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:24 am

I picked up a new “blemished” Córdoba Dolce 7/8 size for a really good price a few months back. It was perfect for car camping this summer.

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Re: Camping with a guitar

Post by andrethompson » Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:20 am

I take an old guitar.
In fact I don't travel long distances with mine

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Contreras
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Re: Camping with a guitar

Post by Contreras » Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:22 am

+1

Don't take your good one - I once split the top of a good guitar sitting too close to a fire
Put down the bagpipes ...
... and no one gets hurt.

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Re: Camping with a guitar

Post by hpaulj » Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:00 am

I've taken a Yamaha guitalele camping, in a Cordoba gig bag. It's a small light package.

I'm a fan of fingerless gloves, but haven't needed them for cold weather guitar playing, yet.

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Re: Camping with a guitar

Post by doug » Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:50 pm

Has anyone had any experience with a Blackbird Rider nylon string guitar?
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Atocha5
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Re: Camping with a guitar

Post by Atocha5 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:21 am

dory wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:15 pm
I have an old Martin just for situations like that. It is sometimes nice to have an indestructable guitar.
I would love to have an “old Martin” but I think I would guard it with my life! I have revamped my old Guild Mark IV and will give that a go next time! Thanks for answering.

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Re: Camping with a guitar

Post by Atocha5 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:24 am

hpaulj wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:00 am
I've taken a Yamaha guitalele camping, in a Cordoba gig bag. It's a small light package.

I'm a fan of fingerless gloves, but haven't needed them for cold weather guitar playing, yet.
I had never heard of a guitalele...what a great idea for practice “away”! Thanks.

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