Alot of our furnaces are running again & that means it’s time to get out the humidifiers.
I had to have alot of work done on my Gibson J-60 guitar a couple years ago due to my own neglect, so now I’m pretty faithful about humidifying. I have a Kyser lifeguard, a couple Dampits & an Oasis. The Oasis is kind of a pain but I guess it works. I don’t see how the tiny amount of water that it holds actually does anything, but it’s what Collings recommends.
But what about the neck? These are all for the soundhole. I’ve heard of people making a humidifier out of a sponge & a freezer bag. Simply poke holes in the bag & put a damp sponge inside & throw it in the case. That along with the soundhole humidifier should do a pretty good job I would think.
A high end guitar builder recommends “nature’s humidifier”. He states on his post to cut an apple in half. Eat one of the halves & place the other half in the headstock area of the case. If the guitar is dry, it will soak up the moisture from the apple & the apple will dry out & shrivel up & you just put another one in. This will last a month or two depending on condtions. I actually tried this last year & it really worked. It even acted as an air freshener in the case. It never did rot, it just dried out.
Anyway, protect your instruments. I learned the hard & expensive way. The J-60 has been rock solid ever since Glaser’s in TN made the repairs.
Does anyone use a hygrometer & do they actually work?