Zen and the art of Guitar humidity. The feel for sweet action – instead of using a hygrometer.
Well OK it’s not exactly Zen, but we think it’s close enough.
Your guitar is your hygrometer. Read on and we’ll show you how feeling your inner hygrometer can guide you to humidity perfection… Note from the Author – this is a guide to help you feel when your guitar is experiencing fractionally larger or reduced moisture content in the wood, so that you won’t need a hygrometer to measure RH in the air, you’ll be able to sense how well humidified your guitar is from its action before anything bad happens to your instrument, anyway enjoy the read…
Throw away your hygrometer because, believe it or not, your guitar has a built-in moisture content meter… you can feel it in your fingers!
As musicians, we’re often told that we need to maintain the humidity of our instruments. The nominally suggested value for this is between 40% and 60%, but in fact it’s not the humidity we should be concerned with, it’s actually the moisture content of the wood.
So, why specify humidity values if we are really interested in moisture content?
Well, for two reasons: (1) Hygrometers are cheap whereas non-invasive moisture content meters are expensive; and (2) humidity and moisture content are loosely related.
The wood of your guitar can have the ideal Moisture Content, without having to pick up a hygrometer. We’re going to show you how to feel it in your fingers, hear it in the sound, and stop worrying about ideal Relative Humidity.
But first we need to make sure you know why, which means we have to do the science bit. We’re sorry, but we’ve tried to keep it as brief as possible, without being patronizing.
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