I'm curious what the "flock of gulls" here do about humidity control for their Seagulls. I have a S6 original that I love and don't want any dehydration issues. I purchased my S6 at G****R C****R and noticed a S6 rustic that had a nasty crack clear through the thin cedar top. The sales guy told me Seagulls were more prone to cracks due to the type of finish used on the tops. I have to admit that my S6 has a thinner looking finish than other acoustics I've owned. I was encouraged to purchase a hardshell case and in case humidifier w/ my Seagull (no I did not purchase the one w/ a crack). Amazingly there was not a traditional hardshell case in stock that fit and since I drove about 2.5 hrs to get there just to buy that S6 I settled on a RoadRunner semi-hardshell case. It's very similar construction to a bike helmet and from what I've read this is similar to a Tric case? It's incased in canvass and is very light and great for being mobile w/ the guitar. I also have a incase humidifier that sits suspended in between the strings in the soundhole opening and another old school absorbant chalk-like material in a round plastic case that sits near the head stock. I've put in a Oasis hygrometer that sits in the case and seems to be accurate enough. I don't use a room humidifer but keep the case humidy around 5% higher than the relative humidy for my home (which is generally 35-55%. I've noticed since I brought it home last January that it immediately became hydrated to where it supposed to be and the top slightly raised w/ the swelling due to humidifying the instrument. This slightly raised the action but after switching to some new strings things have settled to a acceptable action heighth and pretty decent sound.
I'm curious what the rest of you do to keep your Gull in a happy humidy range. I generally keep my axe in its case unless playing as I don't have a humidity controlled guitar room.
Just now bought this.
Reviews were pretty good.
Here's a post I made in the group about humidity and a link to Bob Taylor discussing humidity:
Same here except in the winter and my wife has a Hoss Cartwright fire burning in the fireplace .
I have a couple of my guitars in Humi cases which have 1 humidifer under the neck and one just above the sound hole. For some of my other cases I have put the same type of humidifers in them and if need be will add a dampit in the sound hole. I do keep a couplr of guitars on the wall and keep a Essick 6 gallon humidifer with a digital control going all the time. I set it to keep the room between 45 and 50% and have two humidity/temp gauges in the room. One is by Humi Case and by Planet wave. Funney thing is I can put them side by side and get two different readings but both are within the 45 to 50% ranges. Got the ideal for the room humidifer from Gary Knuckles.
Greetings from the "Wet Coast"! My concern is way too much humidity, readings in the 65-85 percent zone are pretty normal year round, so I have the instuments in a spare bedroom with a DE-humidifier set at 60 percent, you wouldn't believe how much collected water I dump out of that unit!
I bring them out to play for a few hours a day then it's back to climate control!
It's important to have an accurate humidity gauge to monitor your particular environment to reduce the shock to the instrument.