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I wanted to try to find some sort of consensus when it comes to proper storage for an acoustic. Many say to keep it in the case, but I've also read it's better to keep it out on a stand so air can freely flow around the guitar. I just purchased a Larrivée and I want to try to keep it in peak condition. Thoughts?

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A lot depends on the humidity of the room the guitar is in. I think a room should be kept at 50%. There are others here that are much more knowledgeable than I.
As long as the humidity is okay in your room and your not worried about it getting bumbed off the stand either will be okay, because I live on the Westcoast and have no issues with humidity I keep my all on a stand,like so.
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the only way to keep it 'in peak condition' is to not play it, to keep it away from light, keep it at constant temperature and humidity.
That would dictate keeping it in its case in a sealed and climate controlled room and never take it out to look at it.

A guitar however is meant to be played. That's why mine are not kept in cases unless I don't plan on using them for a while (I do rotate them, got too many).
This reminds me of the Spinal Tap scene where the lead guitarist is showing off his latest acquistion and tells the interviewer "Don't touch it!....Don't even look at it!
Just to add a question to this thread - what about wall hangers? I hear mixed reviews on that too. Things like neck creep, joint straining, etc. I'd appreciate folks' thoughts on that too.
I had five guitars on wall hangers for a year with no problems. I played more too!
I've had acoustic guitars on wall hangers for years with no problems.

I tried hanging an electric solid body and immediately noticed that this did put a lot of weight on the neck. So....my electrics all go on stands.

My view on cases is that they are for transportation only. But that's just my view...and I do maintain a humidified room but not at 50%! 40-45 works for me.
I don't have very expensive guitars, so I keep an electric, acoustic 6 string and 12 string on stands. I may pick one up and play it for a few minutes or an hour. If I had more expensive guitars I would likely keep them in cases but I would have to keep some on stands just because it's too easy to pick one up and strum a few notes.
Ship,I still love that rack.Two things though.Do you have a set of plans you could share,and I was thinking maybe some rubber tubing possibly surgical type stuff over the dowel rods. Peace Hippie
Ship of fools said:
As long as the humidity is okay in your room and your not worried about it getting bumbed off the stand either will be okay, because I live on the Westcoast and have no issues with humidity I keep my all on a stand,like so.
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I have 2 racks that I bought from the local music store that were relatively inexpensive. They are covered in foam for protection and fold when not in use.

Expensive or inexpensive, guitars are made of wood. Some woods tend to shrink and expand more than others. For me, take the guitar out and play it! Play the hell out of it. When you're done either put it on a stand if you plan on playing again soon or if you are going to switch to a different instrument for a while put it away.

Here's something to think about. I always use a Damp-It, so whether the guitar is put on a stand or in it's case the Damp-It will be placed in the sound hole. This is easy to do!. Again, location is always going to dictate what you do. I'm in the northeast and now that spring is here and nice weather the humidity levels are much better. I still use the damp-it's and the gauge that come with them to judge where exactly the humidity is in the guitar. If its between 45-55% humidity then it's in the good. Below 45% make sure the damp-it is wet and put it in the sound hole. Above 55% then the damp it doesn't need to be used. Keeping the gauge over the sound hole (without the sponge attached) will give you an idea when to put the sponge back in.

John
Tom Boyles said:
Ship,I still love that rack.Two things though.Do you have a set of plans you could share,and I was thinking maybe some rubber tubing possibly surgical type stuff over the dowel rods. Peace Hippie
Ship of fools said:
As long as the humidity is okay in your room and your not worried about it getting bumbed off the stand either will be okay, because I live on the Westcoast and have no issues with humidity I keep my all on a stand,like so.
Photobucket ship

here you go hippie always glad to help out another old head.
http://21guitars.com/documents/racks.html
Ship

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