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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2007, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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my RG520 and humidity

Hi!

I wasn't sure where to post this question... It goes really for ANY guitar, but I might as well talk about my RG520, specifically, and post it here...

Here's the deal... My band usually practices in the basement... But now that the weather is getting nicer, we started to practice in the garage... And it gets pretty humid here in the midwest (not quite as humid as Florida or something, but it can be pretty bad)... So I noticed that during the practice, my hands would start to get sticky and the strings start feeling pretty dull... I find myself losing the smoothness and string control on the fretboard. I can still play OK, I guess, but things just feel "rough"...

I wonder if that's just a temporary feeling from the immediate humidity, DURING the practice, or whether there's a real issue for the guitar itself? Is it getting ruined? the guitar is not being stored there for long periods of time, other than the duration of the practice... I kept using a towel after every couple of songs or so, just to try to keep hands as dry as possible, and I would also give it a quick wipe across the neck and fretboard...

What do you guys think? Any experience in situations like these? Any recommendations? Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2007, 02:35 PM
 
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Re: my RG520 and humidity

Too much humidity can eventually cause damage to the wood and sometimes to glue joints. Too little humidity can make the wood brittle and lead to splits and cracks in the wood. Keep the guitar wiped down as much as possible, and store it somewhere with more moderate humidity. I certainly wouldn't leave it in the garage.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2007, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: my RG520 and humidity

well, that's why I was wondering... I don't leave the guitar there when we're not practicing, but it does spend a good 6-7 hours during the practice... Is that OK?

Any specific type of rag I should use to wipe down the neck and fretboard? I've used a regular small towel so far.. But I've wondered about that...
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2007, 04:58 PM
 
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Re: my RG520 and humidity

something cotton....works for me.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2007, 05:22 PM
 
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Re: my RG520 and humidity

You can get old t-shirt material rags from StewMac, I think--those work great.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-27-2007, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: my RG520 and humidity

old T-shirt materials, eh?... I assume they are good because they are cotton and lint-free, right? In other words, there's nothing "special" about the StewMac rags, in particular, is there? Can I just take some of MY old t-shirts, and use them, instead?
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