I’d like to share a very good blog by Sally Perkins about how to care for your guitars while your are away on the road, or indeed just in general. I can’t tell you how many times I come home off tour only to find precious instruments damaged and cracked by not being properly humidified. This article and the link at the bottom gives very solid advice and practical solutions to these issues.
How Dry is Too Dry? – The Benefits of Guitar Humidifiers by Sally Perkins
Whether your guitar is a custom Les Paul ‘58 or a steel stringed acoustic you picked up at an auction, it’s likely that it is your pride and joy, and that you want to take care of it. After all, a guitar is not a static thing; even the most beautifully made guitars will lose some of their sound and lustre if not treated properly.
Being mainly wood and metal, guitars are particularly susceptible to humidity, and in order to keep your instrument looking, playing and sounding its best, it is advisable use a guitar humidifier, the benefits of which far outweigh the modest cost. Here are some of the things that can happen to a guitar when it becomes too dry:
Protruding fret ends
There’s nothing more heartbreaking than a great guitar that has been damaged by something as simple to combat as over-dryness. Read this guide to find out more about why you should invest in a guitar humidifier.