Winter Acoustic Guitar Care – Humidifiers rule!

Whether you just purchased your first acoustic guitar or are playing your favorite from long ago, you’ll want to be sure you’ve got your acoustic humidified for the fall and winter season.  When the heat goes on in your house, the air becomes dry and starts sucking moisture from everywhere, including your guitar!.  It just needs a little humidity TLC so it doesn’t lose the natural moisture in the wood.  With no guitar humidifier, your bridge can pull up on its own,  your top, sides and back can develop cracks, etc.  The shop sees these  too often in the wintertime, so take a moment and make sure you’ve got a humidifier for your guitar. There are lots of kinds, most are inexpensive, easy to use, and the best protective care for your guitar.

Kyser Acoustic Humidifier...priceless protection
Kyser Acoustic Humidifier…one of our favorites

We’ve tried several brands and offer a few different ones here in the store, but truth be told, we like the Kyser Humidifier best – it’s affordable and super easy to use. First, make sure you have the right one – if you have a regular acoustic 6 or 12 string, you’ll need the Kyser Acoustic Humidifier. If you have a classical guitar, or a similar guitar with a smaller soundhole, you’ll need the Kyser Classical Humidifier. We also offer humidifiers for other acoustic instruments.

Straight out of the package, the Kyser looks like a hockey puck. Remove the hard plastic ring and toss it – it just holds the shape in the package. Now, pull the sponge out of the hockey puck, wet it thoroughly, then squeeze it til it no longer drips. Put it back in the humidifier ‘puck’, wipe that dry.  Slide the whole thing under the strings, into the soundhole with the holes facing down into the guitar.  For the humidifier to work, you need to have your acoustic in its case when you’re not playing it. Check the humidifier weekly til you figure out a routine that matches the humidity in your home, but rewet the sponge whenever it becomes dry and hard.  It will really depend on the heat and air in your home or studio.  Come Spring, just stash it away til next fall.  Next to a case or insurance, a humidifier is the very best thing you can do for your acoustic guitar.

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