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Is checking caused by temperature changes over the life of the guitar? Or something else? Is it preventable? Do any of you do anything to try to keep the guitar from being subject to wide temperature fluctuations? Anything else that can be done; other than putting it away in a climate controlled vault??

Just curious.

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Guest FarnsBarns

Yes, that is part of it. Basically the laquer loosed its plastisizers slowly combined with the wood shrinking and growing with both temperature and humidity.


You can slow it by keeping your guitar out of direct sunlight and avoid extreme temperatures and humidity. You should do this anyway. Your laquer will still check eventually. It's part of the beauty of the thing. Furthermore it is a symptom of Gibson's use of the correct laquer.

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