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Hey, stupid question I'm sure but ...can you put a oasis humidifier in an electric case without causing some sort of damage? Should you hydrate an electric guitar? I have never really thought about it before, I mainly play acoustic and recently bought an epiphone les paul and was just curious if I should do anything to hydrate it. Thanks in advance.

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I have put damp sponges in soap cases with holes cut in them in a few of my hollow body and solid body electric guitar cases during winter months. It is good for the bodies of the hollow bodies and it is good for the necks of the solid bodies. Notice how fret ends can protrude during winter months. That's because the fretboard wood dries up and actually shrinks a tiny amount. Humidifier in the case and you won't get that.

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I got my 71 LP in April of 97 and the fingerboard was all weird, almost roller coasterish. After a while it stabilized. Next spring, same thing. I began oiling the board some. Not much, maybe once a year. Hasn't moved since. I attribute it to the rosewood being hygroscopic with no finish and all. I suppose if I kept a closer eye on humidity levels I would have largely gotten the same effect.

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I keep something in the Ric's, Casino, & Hollow Gretsch's for sure. I don't think it hurts my Strats & Tele at all either for the neck. Woods wood & likes to be properly humidified. Even a dining table is in better shape if it's at the correct humidity IMHO

 

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I have put damp sponges in soap cases with holes cut in them in a few of my hollow body and solid body electric guitar cases during winter months. It is good for the bodies of the hollow bodies and it is good for the necks of the solid bodies. Notice how fret ends can protrude during winter months. That's because the fretboard wood dries up and actually shrinks a tiny amount. Humidifier in the case and you won't get that.

 

LOVE the "soap case & sponge" idea !! Brilliant!!

'ave a Guinness on me for that one......

heck of a lot less expensive than "product specific" (guitar) humidifiers!

 

my region is exceptionally humid, but in winter I like to humidify my acoustics & jazzers to offset from artificial heat.

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Hey, stupid question I'm sure but ...can you put a oasis humidifier in an electric case without causing some sort of damage? Should you hydrate an electric guitar? I have never really thought about it before, I mainly play acoustic and recently bought an epiphone les paul and was just curious if I should do anything to hydrate it. Thanks in advance.

 

I use a kid's humidifier/vaporizer in the winter. Mostly for the acoustics and semi-hollows, but figured that the electrics benefit. I watch the hydrometer, and turn the humidifier on when the humidity is below 40% with the target of between 45-55%. When the heat is on, that's pretty much every day. I've got to fill the reservoir daily, but that's a lot easier than managing them individually. What's good for one, is good for all IMO. My LGS, which handles a lot of high end classical and acoustics does the same. I change the filters at the end of winter, because the tend to collect nasty stuff and ferment all summer otherwise.

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