Proper Musical Instrument and Acoustic Guitar Storage

Problem

Musical instruments are sensitive to environmental conditions and can easily be damaged if conditions aren’t controlled. The tone woods used in musical instruments (particularly acoustic guitars, violins, cellos, and percussion instruments) are sensitive to temperature and humidity. Low humidity can cause wood to dry out, warp, or crack. High humidity can potentially cause corrosion of acoustic guitar strings, as well as electronics in electric instruments and microphones. Rapid changes in temperature and humidity are, many believe, the most damaging to musical instruments.

Solution

Proper temperature and humidity conditions for a musical instrument and guitar storage will vary by instrument type and manufacturer. Typically speaking, 40-55% relative humidity and a temperature range of 68-72°F (comfortable indoor room levels) is safe. That said, ALWAYS check with the manufacturer for precise levels. Also, maintain a stable environment and avoid rapid changes in temperature and guitar humidity. If the music room is in the basement, do not set instruments directly on the concrete as this can leach away moisture, as well as conduct cold. To help protect items from flood damage, store everything at least a foot or two off the ground. If storing on a lower floor of your home, avoid keeping items directly below potential sources of leaks. Examples include a bathroom, washer/dryer, or dishwasher. For best results, continually monitor for humidity, temperate, and leaks, and use a guitar humidifier if recommended by the manufacturer.

AcuRite Solutions & Tips

  • Monitor Music Room Conditions: Place an AcuRite Room Monitor in the music room or studio to measure ambient room conditions and ensure safe, controlled temperature and humidity for guitar storage or other sensitive instruments.
  • Monitor for Leaks: Position a Water Detector in a place where leaks or flooding may occur to get alerted to hazardous conditions quickly.
  • Use a Home Environment Display for convenient viewing of conditions measured by Monitors and Sensors in multiple rooms around the home.
    • Set alarms to alert you of undesirable conditions. These can include:
      • Undesirably low or high temperatures
      • Undesirably high or low humidity
      • Presence of water leaks or flooding

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