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Last Updated: January 18, 2018
Awhile back, I wrote an introductory article titled “Humidity! A Guide to Understanding How Humidity Affects Guitars” where I covered the basics of humidity, its effect on guitars, and how to tell whether you may have a problem or not.
So now that you know the basics, this post gives specific product recommendations. Whether your climate is bone dry or soaking wet, there are products here to protect guitars in either situation. As usual, I’m personally familiar with every product on this page. They’re all things I use myself, have used in the past, or have thoroughly tested, so you can rest assured that they’re great (unless otherwise noted).
Priority #1: Measure Your Humidity
I sometimes get asked, “I live in [location], do I need to worry about humidity?” The fact is, I have no idea, even though the weather data for your location is readily available.
Before you can know what you need to do (if anything) about humidity you need to first buy a hygrometer to measure the humidity where you actually store your guitar. Don’t just rely on the daily weather report, because the conditions inside your house–or wherever you keep your guitar–can be quite different, especially if you run the heater or air conditioner.
So, if you keep your guitar out in the open on a wall hanger or guitar stand, then measure the humidity of that room. If you store it inside a hardshell guitar case, then measure the humidity inside the case. You get the idea.
Recommended Digital Hygrometers
Now that you know you should first measure your current humidity with a hygrometer, here are a few that I recommend. Like all products I recommend, I know these are great hygrometers because I currently use them or have at least tried/tested them with my own two hands.
Beware of Cheap, Low Quality Hygrometers
I’d like to conclude this section with a gentle warning:
There are a lot of unusually cheap (low cost) digital hygrometers on Amazon, and they all look a lot like the Oasis I recommended here. However, despite the visual similarities, I can’t vouch for any of those since I’ve never tried them. So, please do your homework before buying a hygrometer that I haven’t recommended here.
Guitar Humidifiers for Dry Climates / Low Humidity
Let’s get started by looking at humidity solutions for those of you who store your guitars where, as far as guitars are concerned, the air is too dry. This would be anywhere that the relative humidity is routinely lower than 45%. The further you get below 45% (and the longer you stay there), the worse it is for your guitar. You’ll need to get some moisture into the air around your axe.
Guitar Dehumidifiers for Wet Climates / High Humidity
Next, let’s look at humidity solutions for those of you who store your guitars where the air is too wet for guitars. This is anywhere that relative humidity is routinely higher than 55%. The further you go above 55% (and the longer you stay there), the worse it is for your guitar. Moisture causes wood to swell, and too much can wreak havoc on your guitar.
You’ll see a couple of the products mentioned up above re-listed here, because they work equally well for removing moisture.
So there you have it–a few solid humidity control solutions for guitars.
These lists are limited only to the products I personally know, trust, or use myself. I’m sure there are other great products out there, but I won’t recommend something I have no personal experience with. So, if you opt to purchase something that’s not on this list, be sure to do your research before you buy, and drop me a line in the “Leave a Reply” section down below to let me know what you think. I’m always on the lookout for great guitar products.
Do you use any type of humidity control for your guitars? I’d love to know, so give me a shout in the “Leave a Reply” section at the bottom of this page.
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