Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Planet Waves Acoustic Guitar Humidifier

Product Features

  • Protects your guitar without damaging the finish
  • Suspended by the strings, never touches the guitar body
  • No clips or fasteners which can scratch the guitar finish
  • Exclusive non-drip design releases moisture evenly and slowly

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The number one cause of major guitar repairs is lack of humidification. Humidifying your guitar is an essential step in maintaining your instrument. The best selling Planet Waves Acoustic Guitar Humidifier makes it easy to properly and safely humidify your guitar. The Humidifier hangs safely in the sound hole suspend by the instruments strings so it never touches the body of the instrument. Simply moisten the sponge, install and that's it. The humidifier releases the moisture slowly and evenly keeping your guitar perfectly humidified. When the sponge becomes completely dry, moisten it again and insert back into the soundhole.

Planet Waves, part of the D'Addario family of brands, is known for innovative, problem-solving, quality musical accessories. Planet Waves offers a complete line of award-winning accessories including cables, picks, tuners, capos, straps, humidifiers, maintenance tools and more.

Product Description

The planet waves acoustic guitar humidifier protects your guitars from damage even in the driest conditions. The moisture reservoir is suspended inside the body, the system releases moisture evenly and slowly inside your guitar without actually touching the instrument. A high absorption sponge maintains proper humidity levels and is quick and easy to refill.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

How to Use a Guitar Humidifier

An essential accessory for your acoustic guitar is a guitar humidifier. The guitar humidifier prevents the body of your acoustic guitar from warping and cracking due to the wood drying out. This becomes even more important if you live in a dry climate where the humidity is frequently less than 40 percent or if your guitar will be stored in an arid environment, as is found inside most homes.


      How To Use A Guitar Humidifier
          * 1. Purchase a tube-type guitar humidifier. This can be found at any music store or you can find one online from a retailer such as Musician's Friend. The tube-type humidifiers disperse moisture in the most beneficial way while your guitar is being stored. The tube section of the humidifier contains a sponge. Another type of guitar humidifier is called a sound hole humidifier. This is basically a device that fits over the sound hole opening and releases moisture into the body. The drawback to these types of humidifiers is the possibility of mold or mildew because they greatly hamper air circulation into the guitar.
          * 2. Hold the tube under a stream of water. Tap water out of the sink is perfectly fine. Allow the tube to absorb water for a few seconds.
          * 3. Turn off the water and squeeze the tube section gently to wring the excess water out of the sponge. It is important that the tube be wet but not dripping. Dripping water can damage your guitar.
          * 4. Locate the plastic cap at the end of the humidifier. You will want to hang the tube inside the guitar body. To accomplish this, wedge the plastic cap between the strings above the sound hole in such a way that the tube is well into the body but not touching the inner parts of the guitar.
          * 5. Check your guitar humidifier once a week to make sure it is still moist. If not, wet it again and then place it back inside the guitar.

Read more: How to Use a Guitar Humidifier | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4884538_use-guitar-humidifier.html#ixzz1wktAUjTk

Monday, April 30, 2012

What to look for in a Guitar Humidifier

Dry winter weather or enviornments can cause serious damage to acoustic guitars, in the form of cracks in the wood. This damage may require expensive repairs or reduce the sound quality of your fine instrument.

One way to supply additional humidity to your guitar is through a device known as a guitar humidifier. These devices are designed to release humidity inside the guitar through the sound-hole. Sound-hole humidifiers all utilize some type of water reservoir with an absorbent medium such as a sponge, water absorbent floral foam or absorbent polymer. The medium is then surrounded by some type of cover which holds the water absorbent medium in place and restricts the flow of water evaporation from the medium. To get inside your guitar, they slip between your guitar strings and are held in place there. Depending upon the brand of humidifier you purchase, it may or may not touch the wood inside your guitar. Dampit is designed to lie inside your guitar, while Planet Waves and Oasis are completely suspended from the strings.

Water holding capacity and the restrictiveness of the outer cover are the greatest factors in determining how often you will need to refill the device. Needless to say, you can’t stick a quart container of water inside your guitar, but there are several humidifiers that will hold an ounce (30 cc’s) or more such as Oasis or Planet Waves. If your guitar needs several cc’s per day of water vapor, a humidifier that holds only 5-10 cc’s will need to be refilled every few days.

Planet Waves and Dampit utilize holes in the outside membrane to release water vapor. Oasis uses a fabric which allows the water vapor, but not the water, to pass through the material to keep your guitar humidified. One downside to evaporation holes is the risk of water leakage. Very careful handling can minimize, but not eliminate this risk. Oasis is a water-tight, sealed unit which eliminates the risk of water leakage.

When to refill your humidifier is one of the great mysteries which have been solved by Oasis. Since Oasis is a flexible sealed container, is shrinks as the water inside of it evaporates through the fabric. When Oasis begins to look like a prune, you need to refill it.

All of the sound-hole humidifiers work. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. As with any new product you purchase, please read the directions carefully before use.