Some experience in detecting the humidity of the Guitar environment

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The guitarist plays the guitar every day. It’s a good habit to fine-tune the strings before playing the guitar every day. If the 6 strings are too high, a slight drop is required, which proves that the humidity is high. Conversely, the 6 strings are too low to require a slight boost, which proves that the humidity is low. If the guitar is in an ideal environment with humidity, the pitch of the strings will not change. Of course, the premise is that after the last time the guitar was played, the coiler was not touched. The north is dry, the south is wet, the winter is dry, and the summer is wet. The perfect humidity of a guitar is between 45% and 55%. Too high or too low will destroy wood and glue. Guitar, in theory, has no life. If I have to say a deadline, I hope it will be… Ten thousand years!

Some experience in detecting the humidity of the guitar environment

90% – 100% extreme high humidity range

Short-term exposure (1-3 days): The body begins to swell, the sound quality is degraded, and the playing feel is worse. The sound beam of the back panel may be degummed due to the expansion of the wood, and the pitch of the string will become very high in a short time.

Long-term exposure (more than 3 days): All bonded parts will begin to loosen. The sound beams of the panel and back panel will be loose, the bridge will be pulled down from the panel, and the guitar soundboard will expand and bulge before and after the bridge. If the glue is not firmly bonded, the guitar will not play. The 14 items on the fingerboard will bulge. The inside of the guitar will be moldy. The guitar may self-disintegrate.

Some experience in detecting the humidity of the guitar environment

85% – 90% high humidity range

Short-term exposure (1-3 days): The body begins to swell, the sound quality is slightly lowered, the playing feel is lowered, and the chord distance becomes high. Long-term exposure (more than 3 days): The sound beam began to loosen in a few weeks, and the soundboard and side wood became very swollen. The bridge is loose or separated from the panel, and performance is affected. The fingerboard 14th fret begins to bulge and the guitar may begin to mold inside.

70% – 85% medium to high humidity range

Short-term exposure (1-3 days): The sound quality began to decline. The soundboard begins to swell. The pitch may be slightly higher.

Long-term exposure (more than 3 days): The soundboard and side wood swelled and the performers felt the impact. The fingerboard 14th fret to bulge. A few months later, the guitar began to have a musty smell.

55%-70% safe range

Short-term exposure (1-3 days): Moderate exposure to this environment will not cause major problems.

Long-term exposure (more than 3 days): The soundboard and side wood may be slightly raised above normal. The playing feel will be affected.

Some experience in detecting the humidity of the guitar environment

42%-55% safe range

Long-term exposure (more than 3 days): No problems occur in this environment.

Some experience in detecting the humidity of the guitar environment

35%-42% medium humidity range

Short-term exposure (1-3 days): Moderate exposure in this environment will not cause major problems.

Long-term exposure (more than 3 days): The edges of the fret wire are sharp, the top wood and back wood will be flattened or sunken, the pitch feels lower, and the guitar is likely to hit. The sides of the bridge begin to sag, and after a few months the bridge will be pulled up or broken.

Some experience in detecting the humidity of the guitar environment

20%-25% low humidity range

Short-term exposure (1-3 days): The fret wire is sharp. The top begins to sag. The string distance will be reduced very quickly and the guitar will be played.

Long-term exposure (more than 3 days): The edges of the fret wire will feel very sharp, and the panels and back panels will become flat or sunken. The last 6 frets of the fingerboard may fall into the sound hole range. The pitch will be lower and the guitar will play.There will be depressions on both sides of the bridge, and the cracks on the top will extend to the end of the guitar, and the bridge may be pulled down.

Some experience in detecting the humidity of the guitar environment

10%-20% very low humidity range

Short-term exposure (1-3 days): The fret wire feels sharp, the top and back wood are gradually sagged, the string distance is rapidly reduced, and the guitar is gradually being printed. The top begins to crack from the bridge to the tail, and the bridge begins to degumming.

Long-term exposure (more than 3 days): The edges of the fret wire are very sharp, and the panels and back panels are sunken. The last 6th frets may fall into the sound hole range, the pitch will be lower, the guitar will play, and there will be depressions on both sides of the bridge. Large cracks appear on the top and extend to the end of the guitar, and the bridge is pulled off. The sound hole rims and the apparent rise.

Some experience in detecting the humidity of the guitar environment

0%-10% ultra low humidity range

Short-term exposure (1-3 days): The fret wire feels sharp, the top and back wood are sunken, the chord distance is rapidly reduced, and the guitar starts to play. The top begins to crack, especially from the bridge to the bottom of the panel, and the bridge is degummed.

Long-term exposure (more than 3 days): The top and back wood are sunken. The last 6th fret may fall into the sound hole range, the pitch of the string will be extremely low, and the lower part of the fingerboard will be printed, and there will be depressions on both sides of the bridge. Large cracks appear on the top and extend to the end of the panel, and the bridge is pulled off. The sound hole trimmings rise significantly. The height of the edging guitar top without a separate bracing to extrude the guitar is the position of the bracing.

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