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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2017, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Mail-Ordering Guitars During Arizona Summers

I'm going to be mail-ordering a guitar--one of the new RGD 3127's.

We recently had a day that was 118F - 120F (depending on who you ask), and we're not even into our hottest month yet. I've heard that the back of UPS/FedEx/Postal trucks can get to about 140F on our hottest days. Would I be better to just wait till the weather cools (in October), or do you think the guitar would be okay?

So frustrating living here, but alas, this is where the job is.
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Re: Mail-Ordering Guitars During Arizona Summers

I'll just say the same thing I replied in email.

Heat is not a problem, until you get to the point things catch on fire of course, but heat is fine on a guitar. Cold is always an issue, cold means contraction, everything shrinks, everything become more fragile. Yet, I ship all winter long without incident. What should never be shipped in the winter [or only shipped express] are guitars like JEM10's and PS10's, guitars that have purfling across the full body. Purfling doesn't shrink, the wood does, pinching the purfling ends together forcing them upward thru the clear as that's the only place they can go, so you will get bumps in the clear at every joint best case, worst case it blows the clear off over the joint.

But heat does the opposite. If you're worried about checking like you'd get i n an old lacquer finish those happen over months of expansion and contraction, like guitars left in an attic constantly expanding and contracting with the temperature.
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Re: Mail-Ordering Guitars During Arizona Summers

I just moved from Gilbert AZ in 2015 after 13 years there. I literally bought dozens of guitars and had them shipped to me during that time. Many of them in the worst heat of the summer. I never had an issue.
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I'm going to be mail-ordering a guitar--one of the new RGD 3127's.

We recently had a day that was 118F - 120F (depending on who you ask), and we're not even into our hottest month yet. I've heard that the back of UPS/FedEx/Postal trucks can get to about 140F on our hottest days. Would I be better to just wait till the weather cools (in October), or do you think the guitar would be okay?

So frustrating living here, but alas, this is where the job is.
Wooden instruments like consistent temperature and humidity levels. (You should go to the Musical Instrument Museum if you haven't yet. They can tell you all about their climate control system and you can see Vai's Triple Neck Jem!) Humidity changes will affect your guitar the most and the monsoons are coming. You'll need a neck adjustment in about a month. Solid body electric guitars are the most resilient type of guitar so I would worry about what guitar you will have to sell since you are buying a new one. That is your rule, correct?
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I'll just say the same thing I replied in email.

Heat is not a problem, until you get to the point things catch on fire of course, but heat is fine on a guitar. Cold is always an issue, cold means contraction, everything shrinks, everything become more fragile. Yet, I ship all winter long without incident. What should never be shipped in the winter [or only shipped express] are guitars like JEM10's and PS10's, guitars that have purfling across the full body. Purfling doesn't shrink, the wood does, pinching the purfling ends together forcing them upward thru the clear as that's the only place they can go, so you will get bumps in the clear at every joint best case, worst case it blows the clear off over the joint.

But heat does the opposite. If you're worried about checking like you'd get i n an old lacquer finish those happen over months of expansion and contraction, like guitars left in an attic constantly expanding and contracting with the temperature.
This is great news. Like you said, these guitars won't be available till at least September anyway.

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Wooden instruments like consistent temperature and humidity levels. (You should go to the Musical Instrument Museum if you haven't yet. They can tell you all about their climate control system and you can see Vai's Triple Neck Jem!) Humidity changes will affect your guitar the most and the monsoons are coming. You'll need a neck adjustment in about a month. Solid body electric guitars are the most resilient type of guitar so I would worry about what guitar you will have to sell since you are buying a new one. That is your rule, correct?
I live about 30 mins from the MIM, and was just there a couple months ago for their "Dragons & Vines" exhibit. Amazing place, and we weren't able to get through the whole place, so another trip is planned. And, of course, I saw Steve's guitar. Got some very detailed photos of it. I was surprised to see it has open-gear tuners. Just a little detail I noticed.
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