Tuesday, 02 December 2014 15:03
Alberta winters are known for being super dry and can cause many problems with your instruments, including:
- Cracks in your favorite instrument.
- Frets that become very sharp on the edges.
- Necks to bend giving you string buzz or very high action.
- Acoustic tops to become very flat, lowering the action to the point of needing a new saddle.
All these problems are fixable!
Here are a few tips on humidifying, choose what works best for you!
Two schools of thought on humidifying for winter.
1. Keep your instrument at 40% humidity or higher at all times.
** Keep in mind.**
- If you keep your instrument in its case, this will provide a small buffer to changes in humidity.
- If you take a nicely humidified instrument out to a place that is not humidified, you will be subjecting your instrument to a shock and it will lose humidity fast, potentially causing problems.
- If you forget to fill your humidifier, potential problem.
- If you humidify the entire house to 40% humidity you can frost up windows and doors, which can create other problems, but your guitar will be happy.
** I have found that around 30% humidity keeps frost at a minimum and provides a buffer for when it gets down to -20 or -30 outside.**
2. Don't do anything, don't worry, be happy.
** Keep in mind**
- Most instruments have been built with properly kiln dried wood that should not have any problem getting through the winter.
- If your instrument has been though an Alberta winter without any of these issues then the instrument is well made and you shouldn't have to worry about it.