I agree. Thanks... I was just exploring options...I do use wax when I rec tone wood but just on the edges to help seal it while stored...Douglass Scott wrote:Shellac is pretty easy to sand away from the inside of a guitar before gluing in cleats, and hide glue actually sticks pretty well to shellac wash coats. On the other hand, nothing sticks to wax at all, and it's impossible to sand away. It gums up sandpaper and you can never be sure you got it all off. Wax also won't slow down humidity transfer between air and wood any better than shellac does, and it'll definitely complicate repairs more than shellac so I vote nay. I know it probably looks good and is easier to apply than shellac, but....
New Mexico! That must be where I was at in my bad dream the other night, Steve. :russa: I opened my case and Solidarity was cracked and drying, wood turning to dust, and the top sprung off. I woke up.Steve Ganz wrote:5 %
Yeah,I keep my shop at 45-50% and when I have built guitars for people who live in like Virginia I find out what they're average humidity levels are and built their guitar to that climate, it it NEVER goes outside my shop until it's ready to ship. But I've lived here about thirty years so I know how to deal with it and it's usually worse in spring and early summer, at least here at 8000 feet NW NM... I put a light coat of shellac just on the inside sides linings... I'll probably do Tru Oil back and sides and shellac top... and I'm supplying her a humidity controlled case... nothing I can do if she decides to pull it out some starry night and play around the desert campfire...astro64 wrote:I live in NM. I doubt the humidity inside ever gets as low as 5% (my hygrometers don't measure down to that level, so I am not sure), but certainly outside it does. My solution has always been to humidify the room where I keep the guitars. Easier and less worrisome than trying to make sure the guitar inside a case stays humid enough. When playing it elsewhere, I haven't had issues over the relatively short time span (though I would put a humidifying device in the case). Coating the inside might well make a bit of a difference but in itself will not be of enough help to avoid additional humidification. Cheapest in-case humidification is a damp sponge (distilled water) in a zip lock bag that has some holes punched in. Evaporative cooling in the summer is much better for the guitars than AC so that might be one question to ask your customer.
That is a bad dream. Motivating you to keep the guitar in the case... do as I say not as I do.Rick Beauregard wrote:New Mexico! That must be where I was at in my bad dream the other night, Steve. :russa: I opened my case and Solidarity was cracked and drying, wood turning to dust, and the top sprung off. I woke up.Steve Ganz wrote:5 %
Since then my guitar has never sounded better!
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