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Hello friends, I'm sure this topic has been covered before but I can't find anything that directly answers my question. What I'm wondering is this: I found a Hercules brand guitar stand/rack that holds 5 guitars and I've been thinking this would be a wonderful way to display some of my favorite guitars, not to mention how nice it would be to just easily grab any guitar I want right from the rack without having to go through the cases. My only concern, is if I keep my guitars on this stand that means they aren't in their cases most of the time (now I have them in their cases always). I have read that humidity and temperature don't have much effect on electric guitars, they are pretty solid and don't easily warp. However, these are my babies! So I wanted to run this by you guys to get some opinions first. I thought I could throw a sheet over it at night to prevent any kind of dust, and I don't see them getting knocked over as an issue. So the only reason NOT to do the rack idea is if the humidity and temp changes through the seasons are an issue. The room has a pretty constant temperature of about 76 degrees, however living in Tucson it can get very very dry. I don't have any kind of humidifier for the room, but again, I've read with electric guitars this isn't much of an issue? What do you all think? Thanks for your advice!
 

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I have all my guitars hanging from the walls or on stands and I don't have any problems.
If you keep your house close to a temperature constant, there is really no need to worry about anything. If you have mad swings in temperature and humidity, it may be a different story.
 

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It would be advisable for you to get a humidifier, without the proper humidity levels electric guitar neck woods can shrink and expose your fret ends.
 

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I wouldn't think a room humidifier necessary at all for electrics. I've kept mine out of my cases for years (only put then in when transporting between gigs), and absolutely nothing has changed on them. The most you'll have to do is wipe down dust on occasion.

Now, when I had two high-end classicals I had to keep a humidifier in both the room and the case, but those were super sensitive to any changes, having french polish finishes and all that exposed wood on the inside.

I've never known a luthier to be concerned about humidity affecting fretboards on any guitar, as long as they're oiled on occasion.
 

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It would be advisable for you to get a humidifier, without the proper humidity levels electric guitar neck woods can shrink and expose your fret ends.
Yep
First winter in my new house this happened. had to have the frets worked on on 8 of my electrics. Even worse this last winter it was so dry the top of my Orville LP cracked in 4 places, and that was with a whole house humidifier.
 

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Thanks everyone for the responses! It looks like there are a variety of opinions here, ranging from electrics being out of their cases for years with no issues, to electrics having neck issues after one dry winter. This is pretty representative of all the internet searches I did, it seems to be a real grey area as to whether you can leave electrics sitting out or not. One question I have (and it might be a stupid question) is if you are in a very dry house during the winter for example, wouldn't the air in your guitar case be just as dry as the air outside it? In other words from a humidity perspective why does the case even matter?
 

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I leave mine out. They're easier to play that way, and for me that;s the whole point of having them. I use a soundhole humidifier on my acoustic, but that's it.
 

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I leave mine out also, but Im in Florida where it it is always very humid. Any type of closed container promotes humidity even in dryer climates, does that mean your case will keep anything from happening vs being stored out of the case I couldn't tell you.
 

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I still don't case mine, according to my tech this last winter was especially brutal around here and he had a ton of issues with guitars drying out. This winter I might add an additional in room humidifier and maybe use some oil on the top of my LP
 

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We had a brutal winter up here! I kept all of mine out on the wall hangers. I have a very good whole house humidifier and it doesn't drop below 40%. I'll probably put in a small unit in the basement studio just for some extra insurance. Either way, I had no issues other than the necks slightly moving a very little bit which normally will happen with changing seasons, anyways. I run a dehumidifier during the summer months to keep things even as well.
 

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You know the more I think about it the more it seems like leaving electric guitars out isn't a problem, so long as the room doesn't have drastic temp and humidity changes. If you think about it, every guitar store in the world leaves their guitars out 24/7 on wall hangers and stands. If it ruined them they would be in serious trouble no?
 

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You know the more I think about it the more it seems like leaving electric guitars out isn't a problem, so long as the room doesn't have drastic temp and humidity changes. If you think about it, every guitar store in the world leaves their guitars out 24/7 on wall hangers and stands. If it ruined them they would be in serious trouble no?
That is a problem at alot of stores, not that it ruins them but that they are awful to play off the wall.
 

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The problem you're going to have in Tucson is low humidity. It may be difficult to maintain proper humidity in a large room there. It would be easier to maintain humidity in a case with a case humidifier.
 

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Well, if you have them hanging by a window with full sun, that would be a problem, for sure...especially on a neon!
 

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There's no opinion involved here......dry air WILL dry out wood. Exposed wood is obviously more susceptible. Rosewood and ebony are exposed woods. As wood dries out... it shrinks. period. there is no debate.

Tuscon is dry..... you need to keep the wood moist regardless of whether it's in a case or on a stand.

I, like Cid, had a lot of problems with boards shrinking over this last winter (We're both in the Chicago area). In my case, it was my fault. I left them out to play without considering humidity levels. I'll probably do it again this winter.
 

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There's no opinion involved here......dry air WILL dry out wood. Exposed wood is obviously more susceptible. Rosewood and ebony are exposed woods. As wood dries out... it shrinks. period. there is no debate.

Tuscon is dry..... you need to keep the wood moist regardless of whether it's in a case or on a stand.

I, like Cid, had a lot of problems with boards shrinking over this last winter (We're both in the Chicago area). In my case, it was my fault. I left them out to play without considering humidity levels. I'll probably do it again this winter.
That's why you keep ebony and rosewood fretboards oiled. Humidifiers are for acoustic/classical bodies.
 

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That's why you keep ebony and rosewood fretboards oiled. Humidifiers are for acoustic/classical bodies.
Oil alone WILL NOT do the job in a very dry environment. Lemon oil (or other) will dry out extremely fast in an arid environment such as Tuscon. There is no one answer to this topic. It's entirely dependant on the climate the guitar/s in question are kept in.

As an example- I need to oil my boards once every two week during the winter months here in Chicago and in my house. With RH levels dropping below 25% in my house regularly the lemon oil can't keep up.

The peanut butter and mayonnaise last much longer........if I'm not hungry.
 
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