Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: The FTL, Florida
Re: Long-Term Storage/Care for Jems & UVs
Ooooh, yeah. I too missed the fact that you live in Hawaii. We have somewhat similar problems with humidity and sea air in South Florida.
I saw a couple of folks keep their instruments wrapped in that foam blanket stuff they sometimes ship guitars in. I've also seen a few that put their guitars inside plastic bags, then put them in the case. I'm not sure how well either of these things work.
I was half-kidding about the Argon thing. It's not really practical and kind of dangerous.
I'm not sure if you could hermetically seal a case either. Maybe you can take out the foam insides of the case and seal the inside of the shell, then put the foam back in. I'm not sure how well that would work either. Wood is a funny material. You don't want it too dry but you definitely don't want it in a humid environment.
Funny.... I sometimes keep a silica gel pack in my cases, but I usually open the cases a lot and play the instruments.
Metal is a bit of a bigger pain in the ass. I don't keep instruments as a collector would but I imagine that pitting and corrosion are the inevitable end-result. Regular cleaning, especially after playing, isn't a matter of preventing corrosion as much as its part of prolonging life. I think overcleaning can be bad too.
And the worst is sunlight, which we both get in spades. I'm sure this is a no-brainer since you'll likely keep your instrument in its case. This will also affect a white Jem too. Don't keep it out in the light. UV can also haze clearcoat too. I have a silver 570 that looks slightly champagne in certain light from what looks like hazing in the clear coat; and I don't keep this instrument out in direct sunlight or out much at all.
Hope this helped. Good luck!