Preventing dry-out without humidifier or case?

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  1. Mind Flayer

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    I recently picked up an Epiphone Hummingbird. I was really amazed with the playability of this thing -- I've never played another acoustic that's so easy.

    It's a solid top, although the back and sides are laminate, I believe. But, still, I think the fact that the top is solid is reason to take steps to prevent it from drying out.

    I'd like to keep this guitar out of a case -- when I put guitars in cases, they tend to not get played, and I want to have this thing with easy access on my first floor, and there's really not a convenient place there to have a case on that floor.

    I live in the Chicago area, and while the house is okay in the spring, summer, and fall, it gets really dry in here in the winter because of our heating system.

    I've tried floor humidifiers, but I don't like them because I don't like how the room feels when they're on. I also think that because of our tap water, they tend to leave a white residue on stuff in the room.

    So, let's just assume that a case and a humidifier are simply not an option. What are other effective methods of preventing the guitar from drying out?

    Are dampits enough? How about those planet wave sponge things that you hang between the strings into the soundhole? Any other ideas?
     
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    Hang it in the kitchen.
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    I doubt if any of the humidifiers designed for use in a case (Dampit, etc) will do much on a stand.

    I suppose you could set the guitar on a stand near the shower every morning.

    Keeping a pot of water simmering on the stove all day helps - a little.
     
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    A crock pot filled with water

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    When you have an acoustic, it needs to be stored in a case with a humidifier. Otherwise the wood can crack. And you may wind up with fretboard shrinkage that can cause cracks on the top, on either side of the fingerboard. I’ve had this happen before. I have a hand made classical guitar, and it lives in a humIcase metro with D’Addario humidipaks. If you want to keep your guitar from cracking, keep it humidified and in the case.
     
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    I live in philly and it takes the whole winter to even wring the humidity back out. But I’ve got baseboard heating. My guitars do ok out and about in the winter time.

    When we lived in Cincinnati I’d out a pot of water near the cases and that seems to work.
     
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    What 3bolt79 said. I use a damp sponge in Tupperware. Couldn't find a used HSC so had to bite the bullet and get a new one from Sweetwater
     
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    HSC and Humidifier. Acoustic guitars want to return to being a tree. Storing them in a case with a humidifier slows the process.
     
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    Check out a D’Addario Humiditrak.
    Really, no substitute for a HSC.
    You can place a wet sponge in the case.
    Just a thought, if no case, then place a wet sponge in a baggie, leave the baggie slightly open, and place it in the sound hole...but place it carefully so it doesn’t leak...Not great, but better than nothing.

    All this just my opinion based on my experience, I could be wrong. Sorry.
     
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    Thanks. Yeah, I have a Taylor that I keep in a case with the humidipak system, and that works great. I was just wondering if there's a way to do it without a case, but it sounds like the answer is no.
     
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    Mist water frequently though the day with a spray bottle. Shower with the guitar close to the shower. Boil water all the time. Eat lots of soup. Get a pile of plants and large fish tanks.
     
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    If you keep it out of it's case, you will want to keep a close eye on it.
    Watch for any part of the top that dips or bulges.

    At the very least, get a sound hole humidifier. Kyser makes on that has a sponge, and completely covers the sound hole.

    If your guitar dries out, you could pop braces loose, develop cracks in the top or back, all kinds of bad things.
    You really don't want to let it dry out.
     
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    Fish tanks make excellent humidifiers.
     
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    I have hung mine in the bathroom while I shower. I leave the exhaust fan off water as hot as I can stand it.
    Keep door shut when finished. Humidity runs about 60/65
    Daily shower = daily exposure

    I also ran the humidifier and has the same white powder over every thing
     
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    This.
    If it's just a cheap knock-around that you always want available for motivation, that's one thing.
    Something nice? Store the case where it is convenient to grab it and open it up, but protect the instrument.
    Not only is it better for the wood, it also keeps it a lot cleaner and the strings last a lot longer than being constantly coated with household dust.
     
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    on a side note I'm from Cincinnati and was in Phily for the weekend. Pats cheese steak is well worth standing in line for!
     
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    Use distilled water.
     
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    I use the Musicnomad sponge packs that go between the strings. They work good.
     
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    Take it for a spin every couple of days...


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