Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: The weather changes, but my Jem 77FP and UV77RE don't
I don't have the extreme weather changes of most living on the coast so it's only full acoustics or full hollowbodies that get affected thus they live in cases. The solidbody stuff can be out for weeks, unplayed, and will be in tune no matter what happens with weather.
I found the typical Fender or Fender type strat with trem tightened down is most stable. The alder or ash body and maple neck are tough as nails and neck stays OK and tuning is the most rock solid. Mahogany necked or bodied guitars don't seem as stable with temperature and humidity changes but if solid, they are still OK to keep out and not worry about and may need some tuning. My mahogany necked, laminated maple ply semi-hollowbody Ibanez AS73 is OK but may need some help with a tiny truss rod tweak during winter. If I don't mess with it, the guitar is still OK.
I want to one day get a spruce top, full hollowbody and I know it will have to live in case as if it were a dreadnaught. There may be some super mild, unchanging climates where acoustics can stay out unaltered all year but that would be in a climate controlled room. But according to Taylor, that's nearly impossible (thus the high end cases they have) and it would have to be a room with double thick doors and no windows on the building. I know of a professional recording studio like that, also with double walls and doors, and everything is kept out so all you have to do is go in and record.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 11-26-2013 at 10:35 PM.