Tips to help you look after your guitar in hot humid temperatures.
Temperature greatly affects the sound, construction and appearance of a guitar. Care must be taken to avoid subjecting your guitar to harsh fluctuations. Here are some tips to help you look after your guitar during the current hot humid temperature.
Keep your guitar in it's case and out of direct sunlight. If you have to take your guitar out gigging don't leave it in a hot car. (At Taylor they say you should look after your guitar like a pet!!)
The ideal temperature for guitar is anywhere between 21 -25 degrees Celsius, or 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. If your guitar is being stored in a room anywhere above or below these temperatures you need to think about relocating the guitar. the sound, construction and appearance of a guitar.
The tension of the strings will change with temperature. The strings most affected are the thickest strings while the strings least affected are the top higher strings that are slimmer. The overall tension can be increased or decreased depending on the environmental conditions. This will directly affect the tuning of the instrument. Performers need to be aware of how temperature will affect the temperature of the guitar. This makes it possible for the performer to re-tune the guitar as necessary in extreme temperatures.
The experts at Taylor guitars suggest that the ideal humidity level for acoustic guitars is 45-55% relative humidity (RH). Although this may be difficult to get exactly right so a general rule for both acoustic and electric guitars is anywhere between 40-60%. Anywhere outside of that for long periods of time and you might start to have some issues with your guitar. It's recommended that you keep a couple of sachets of silicon gel in your guitar case.
Below are a couple of products that can help you maintain the humidity of your guitar.