Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: Question on environmental effects on your guitars wood
You can do one of two things. Avoid the truss rod thing and live with a little buzz due to weather changes or learn to do minor truss rod adjustments if buzz bothers you. I only do it when it gets noticeably bad when I can hear the buzz plugged in.
Unfortunately, most guitars are made out of wood and will be a slave to environment.
For rather expensive acoustics and full hollowbodies, just keep them in cases when not in use. For solidbodies and semi-hollowbodies, it's OK to keep them out but not in direct sun from window. If you can keep them in cases, too when not in use that won't hurt anything and can only help.
Forget all that business about a temperature controlled room (which will work short term but not long term year after year) and use your cases as much as you can, tune up each time, and if needed use the truss rod for a buzz that peaks through when plugged in. The truss rod adjustment is a skill that's not bad to have. While frets are prone to wear and wiring needs to be repaired from time to time, people forget that the wood of a guitar has to be kept up and protected.
Other things for protection is to lay cases flat so they don't fall in closet where a headstock could crack. Also use strap locks because dropping a guitar is often bad for a lot of things including the wood where the headstock is and could snap off if truss rod adjustment is at headstock side. Also pretty RGs and Jems just don't look so good with deep dings like a beloved thrashed strat or tele from the pre-CBS days.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 04-24-2014 at 12:43 AM.