Guitar Humidity Control
When a guitar is new, it is in the best condition with a wood equilibrium moisture content of around 6%. The wood moisture content will remain that way unless exposed to dry or humid conditions over a period of time. Especially acoustic guitars. For optimal care, guitars should be stored in a stable environment with temperature levels between 68 and 78 degrees and humidity levels between 44% and 49%. Basically, guitars need to be stored just on the dry side of 50%, not losing or taking on moisture. This will also prevent the growth of mold spores.
Guitar humidity control is easy, reliable and safe with doors that seal. Our exclusive guitar display cabinet is designed to completely isolate the environment within. Room temperature and an isolated environment make it easy to create and maintain humidity. Just a little water placed in our built-in compartment is all that is required. It works because of a balanced ratio of cubic space, room temperature and water surface area. Space, temperature and water are the three primary factors of relative humidity. Humidified air, lost when the doors are opened is quickly replenished when the doors are closed. Dehumidification is also easy. It works as simple as nature and is just as amazing.
With years of continued success we have tested our guitar cabinets in the harsh dry conditions of the Rocky Mountains of Montana. We have proven the effectiveness of our airtight passive humidity design. We conduct our most extreme test each winter with humidity levels in the 0% range indoors and out. Our guitar cabinets are placed in our living room with the hot dry wood stove. Humidity levels inside of the guitar cabinets remain at a stable level of between 44% and 46%. Water amounts vary depending on the case size, interior type and amount of use. 2 refills equaling 8 cups of water in one month have been the greatest amount ever required. Testing is always with regular use, this has been great for us because we end up playing guitar a lot more.
Humidifying systems inside of guitar display cabinets that do not seal must continually compensate for changing room conditions, essentially turning the guitar cabinet into a room humidifier.
No climate control system is maintenance free but it can be simplified. We are the original guitar display cabinet company and have been building and using our guitar cabinets with humidity control longer than any other company. Our guitar cabinets have been delivered worldwide and are used in every type of climate.
Each guitar case comes with a very accurate digital gauge for monitoring humidity and temperature. If the humidity level is under 44%, refill the water containers, over 49%, remove some or all of the water containers or even use a dehumidifier if necessary.
Wood interior humidity compartment
Each case includes enough water containers for optimal humidification. They are easy to remove, refill and replace. If a dehumidifier is needed, a canister of silica gel can be used instead in the compartment.
Upholstered interior humidity compartment
Our upholstered interior has a compartment in the bottom rear section of the case for humidity containers. The containers sit below guitar level and cannot be seen when the case is full of guitars. They are easy to remove, refill with water and replace. If a dehumidifier is needed, a canister of silica gel can be used instead in the compartment.
Silica gel canisters fit nicely inside the compartments of our guitar cases, need no electricity, can be reactivated indefinitely and last a lifetime. They are the perfect solution for guitar cabinets and cases. At your request we will include 2 Hydrosorbent canisters with your order.
An Access N Sight guitar display cabinet is the best storage solution
Guitar cabinets are a relatively new thing. Over the years, luthiers and guitar manufacturers have recommend storing acoustic guitars in a carry case with a small humidifier inside. This has preserved many guitars, but for a collection of guitars this method is very inconvenient and hard to monitor. For a larger number of guitars, it is easier to create and maintain optimal climate conditions inside of an isolated environment sealed in a cabinet.
Proper storage and thoughtful use is key to the longevity of guitars and other wood instruments. As all guitar players know, with just normal use guitars get exposed to some less than perfect conditions. But even if your guitars have endured some poor conditions at your last outdoor gig, they will benefit being stored later in a properly controlled environment. Access N Sight guitar display case cabinets also protect guitars from sudden temperature changes in the room.
I play my guitars often so I will be opening my guitar case a lot. I live in New York. In the winter I have extremely dry air and in the summer I have extreme humidity. How well will my guitar case work to preserve my guitars?
Once humidity levels in your case have stabilized between 44% and 49%, you can be sure your case and guitars will have the proper equilibrium moisture content and will remain that way for the hours of use, even if the doors are opened often. Then, during the hours when the you are not opening the doors (while sleeping, etc.) the air space within the case will once again fill with humidity from the water containers. During times of the year when humidity conditions are very low, with extended use you may need to fill your water containers 1 or 2 times a month. During very humid conditions, silica gel desiccant canisters can be used in your guitar case in place of water. Silica gel will absorb any excess moister inside of your guitar case. We recommend using Silica gel only while your guitar case is in excessive use during extreme times of humidity. Check your gauge often.
I live in a climate where humidity levels are mostly good for guitars. Do I still need to humidify my guitar case?
A small amount of water may some times be needed but continue to monitor conditions inside of the case. With your nice climate, you may need to refill your water containers only 2 or 3 times a year.
Is it possible for the guitar case to over humidify?
With very high room temperature it is possible. With regular monitoring you can remove some or all of your humidity containers if humidity levels rise above 49%. Change is slow so you will have good climate control with regular monitoring. Good monitoring is about every 8 to 10 days or more. If you open your case doors many times every day or room temperatures are high monitor more often.
When I go on vacation, the temperature levels in my home will be set at a lower or higher temperature, will my case still maintain proper humidity levels?
Yes, before you leave, make sure the water containers in your case are full and humidity levels have stabilized between 44% and 49%. Your house thermostat level should be set no lower than 60 degrees or no higher than 78 degrees. Note: instruments should never be left or kept in extreme temperatures.