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"Case it or replace it"

Posted by in General on July 08, 2014 . 0 Comments.

I love the look of a great guitar. I don't know diddly-squat about fine art, but artistry of fine guitar building pleases me.  I suspect, there are many of us that feel the same.  That's why we tend to have a guitar on a stand in our living room.  We tell ourselves that it is to keep the guitar within easy reach, but that truth is, we more often just like to look.

The problem is that guitars hate most indoor air. And they hate sunlight.  And the better the guitar, the more likely that air and sun will damage it. A solid body guitar with a poly finish will endure much more than a nitro finished dreadnought with a razor-thin solid spruce top.

Guitars are made of wood, and wood reacts to temperature and humidity swings. They twist, turn, swell, and shrink with changes to their environment. 

There's an old saying, "Case it or replace it", and it contains a lot of truth.  Keep a humidifier in the case and check it regularly.  

And keep an old beater guitar on that stand in your living room.

Last update: July 08, 2014

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