My son just started college and he sent me a txt that the humidity in his dorm room was "off the chart" and he is really concerned about his brand new, graduation money, Breedlove. At home I can run a room dehumidifier during the time of the year I need to but I am guessing that isn't the best option in a dorm. Does anyone have suggestions about solutions that have worked for them or not work for that matter? I just joined this discussion forum so I am hoping I am posting this correctly
My son is a Marine and I want to send a Taylor 314 acoustic with him to Okinawa where he'll be stationed for 2 years but I found out the humidity is between 60-90% most of the time. I'm wondering how that will affect the guitar if it stays in the case except when he's playing it? I'm thinking the case will protect it well enough and finding that 50% humidity is actually desirable made me feel better. I assume that they run dehumidifiers there to keep everything from getting moldy but I'm not sure if he'll be in a large barracks like a dorm or what the quarters will be. I'm also wondering how it will affect an electric guitar and amp;....maybe worse?
Gary, I was hoping someone would respond to your question. I live in the Philippines and humidity and heat are a real problem. Most homes here are not kept air conditioned throughout the day due to the cost. My wife's Dental Clinic has A/C and our bedroom at night. So I have been leaving (practicing as well) my guitar at the clinic during the day and bringing it home in the evening and still have to much humidity built up in the guitar.
Today I am going to purchase "Calcium Chloride" desiccants and have used silica for my photography equipment, which I easily bring back to zero moisture (or very little) by placing it in a extremely high temperature sterilizer until the color changes back to dry. I think I will be able to find a desiccant that I can place in a fabric like panty hose and place in the body of the guitar to start bringing the Relative Humidity down in the body and the case and get the top swelling to go down.
I stumbled onto the Planet Waves Humidipak system. Really simple, maintains the recommended 48-49% humidity and fairly inexpensive. I buy on Amazon for around $18.00 per guitar. I got one to try and have since put in all my acoustics.