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 Post Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 10:19 pm 
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This is a stupid question, but does humidity bow or straighten the neck of your bass? (My guess is that it straightens it; humidity makes the wood swell, etc.)


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This is a stupid question, but does humidity bow or straighten the neck of your bass? (My guess is that it straightens it; humidity makes the wood swell, etc.)


Humidity is one tiny factor of many and has little practical input on the straightness of the neck of your bass.

Generally all instruments and wooden products are happiest when they remain at a constant (room) temperature and humidity between 30-50%. Sudden extreme changes in temperature for all instruments and (humidity for fragile acoustic instruments) should be avoided to prevent damage.


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What about humidity less than 30%? I'm looking at that in my near future.


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A solid body guitar should be fine.


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This is a stupid question, but does humidity bow or straighten the neck of your bass? (My guess is that it straightens it; humidity makes the wood swell, etc.)


that is a good question ... yes wood swells / expands as it absorbs humidity and it shrinks as it dries out. that is why you have a truss rod adjustment on your bass so it will be playable all year long despite humidity changes.

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What about humidity less than 30%? I'm looking at that in my near future.


I believe Rickenbacker says that you should keep your instrument in an environment with the humidity between 35% and 90%.

I live in Denver and that is difficult. Currently the humidity is 33% in my basement. Most of the year I have to work to keep the humidity levels above 25% in my house.

Rally low humidity damages wood.

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I gave my son my Martin acoustic (with humidifying instructions) when he moved to Denver. When I saw the guitar 6 months later the top had dropped a half inch.

I think a solid body will be fine. Any solid body that has been acclimated over a period of years should be really fine.


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I live in Denver and that is difficult. Currently the humidity is 33% in my basement. Most of the year I have to work to keep the humidity levels above 25% in my house.

Rally low humidity damages wood.


I'll be living there soon enough.

Do you use a humidifier? How is the wood damaged?


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I wouldn't panic.Leave your instrument in the case and it will survive.Here in the high desert of northern Nevada it's super dry,sometimes under 10%,but I leave it in the case and in a cool closet when not in use.Temperature also has a lot to do with it.


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wodd can crack when it gets too dry ... in reality many people live in desert climates like Phoenix and their instruments survive just fine. I keep my instruments in my basement and I have 2 small holmes humidifiers there. The worst it gets down there is 20% humidity. I run humidifiers in the rest of the house as well to keep it comfortable. Lately we have been getting plenty of rain so the humidifiers are turned off.

I remember reading some info from Geddy's bass tech where they played at Red Rocks in Colorado and a few days later they were in Houston. That's gotta be tough to go from dry to damp that quickly. But an electric instrument will fair better than an acoustic.

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