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Offline timtams

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Proximity of guitars to heater banks
« on: September 29, 2018, 01:32:32 am »
Hello, I live in New York City, where winters are very dry and we have baseboard heating (ie electric radiator type installed along the bottom of the wall)

Currently my guitars (1 acoustic, solid-body electric) are wall mounted, but about 1 ft away from the edge of the heater banks. Should I relocate the mountains before the heating comes on this winter?  If so, any guidelines for where to mount them, how far away from heater banks etc.  TIA.

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Re: Proximity of guitars to heater banks
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2018, 06:30:18 am »
It's not how far away your guitars are it's how dry the air gets when the
heat is on. Do yourself a favor and get a hygrometer to check the
Relative Humidity and get a humidifier if it is consistently below 40%.
I'd feel a little better if my guitars where more than a foot away from a
heat source. You'll get people telling you to put yiur guitars in their cases
in the winter with a in case humidifier. But if you want your guitars out on
hangers or stands they will be fine as long as you house is around 40% RH
My guitars have been out on wall hangers and stand for about 20 years all
year long in dry winter with a home humidifier and never had a problem.

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Re: Proximity of guitars to heater banks
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2018, 12:01:48 am »
well I have my guitar on the wall too but we have an old house with crappy aircon/heating that is only on at certain times.

I had my acoustic set up last week and the tech said that the front (under the saddle area) had popped out a little bit so it is likely that the different temperatures in that room (stinking hot in summer/cold in winter) are affecting it.

Its hard because I love having it on the wall as it makes it easy to grab and practice here and there rather than getting out of a case everytime. Plus it looks good.

I have to say I don't know enough about what stitch is talking about with humidity and I need to try and educate myself, but just in a general sense, I think you shouldn't have your guitar so close to a heat source. Wood is such a finicky material and is prone to bowing/buckling/drying out etc.
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