Tips For Storing Your Guitars Properly

If you're a guitar player, you know how important it is to store your instrument properly. An unsecured guitar in the back of your car or under a bed can get damaged by humidity, heat and cold. Plus, storing guitars without taking proper care of them can lead to damage such as warping and even mould growth. In this article, we'll walk you through some simple tips for storing guitars properly so that they stay safe from harm's way while also keeping their tone intact long-term.

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Humidity is the most important consideration

The most important thing to consider when storing your guitars is humidity. Humidity is the amount of water vapour present in the air, and it can have an effect on your guitar’s finish, wood and even its tuning.

If you live in a very dry area, or if you have a heated house that makes it difficult for your guitar to acclimate properly during cold months (my home), I would recommend buying one of those little “spiral desk humidifiers” from Amazon as they are cheap and effective. These things aren’t much bigger than a pack of gum but will last years if treated well!

How to store guitars in climate-controlled cases

To store a guitar in a climate-controlled case, you need to make sure that the case is designed to be climate-controlled. Many guitar cases are not airtight, so they can't really be considered "climate controlled." When buying a new case or selecting an old one, take time to check the temperature and humidity levels inside of it. If it's too dry or too damp, your instrument could get damaged by mould, mildew, corrosion or fungus growths.

Once you've got your new or old case home and ready for use (and before storing your instrument inside), make sure that its seal is tight enough that no air can escape from within. You'll also want other things in mind when thinking about how much room there is between the top of your instrument and its lid—such as how large of an opening there needs to be for airflow if anything gets warm inside (such as if sunlight comes shining through).

How to store guitars in temperature and humidity-controlled rooms

Storing your guitars in climate-controlled cases is the best way to keep humidity stable and prevent mould from forming on the guitar. These cases come with automatic humidifiers, which keep your instrument at a relatively stable level of humidity that won't cause damage over time.

If you have a collection of instruments that exceeds what will fit in a single case, it's also possible to store them in temperature and humidity-controlled rooms at specialised guitar storage facilities or even in your own home if you have enough space.

How to store guitars in cases, bags and other contraptions that aren't climate controlled

If you have a guitar that fits in a case, keep it in its case. If you don't have a case for your guitar, wrap it up in blankets or pillows to protect it from damage.

Heat and humidity are the biggest enemies of any wood instrument, so avoid storing your guitars near heaters and air conditioners at all costs. Don't store them in attics or basements either—excess humidity is just as bad as excess heat.

Guitar maintenance 101

Keeping your guitars clean and dry is extremely important, as this will help prevent the growth of mould and mildew. You should also make sure that the case or bag you are using for storage is not holding in any dampness which can lead to damage when it comes out of storage.

Avoid storing your guitar near heaters, air conditioners and other sources of extreme temperature changes, as this can cause cracks in the wood over time. Also avoid storing them directly in sunlight where they will be exposed to UV light which can also damage the finish on your guitar as well as fade its colour over time.

Finally, when placing your instrument away from other items such as speakers or amps (particularly if they are powered) because these items give off electromagnetic fields that may harm delicate components within a musical instrument like pickups or wiring if they get too close together during long periods of non-use (like years).

How to store guitars when you travel

When you travel, it is important to store your guitars in a hard case. This will protect them against bumping and scratching. When you are packing for your trip, keep the case on its side rather than upright. If the case is placed upright in your luggage, the guitar may move around if there are other heavy items in the luggage that could knock into it during travel.

If possible, keep this separate from other pieces of luggage so that they do not bump into each other during travel. These bumps can cause damage to parts of your instrument such as strings and frets which may need repairs when you arrive at your destination!

It's also best if you keep them away from direct sunlight while travelling since this can affect their tone and make them too hot for comfort!

To keep your guitars in good shape, be sure they're stored properly

When you store your guitars, it’s important that you don’t just leave them in a random place. If you do, they could spend time at temperatures that are too hot or too cold and humidity levels that are too high or low. The result is warping of the neck and/or body, which can make your guitar unusable.

It's also important to keep in mind how long you plan on storing your guitar because some guitars shouldn't be left out for extended periods of time without being played or cared for. For example: if you're storing a new instrument (especially one made from wood), it's best not to let it sit for more than 6 months before taking it out again so that its sound doesn't change due to lack of use.

Summing Up

We hope these tips will help you prevent damage to your guitars, but there's one more thing that can help: regular maintenance. Just like a car needs an oil change every few thousand miles, or a house needs new gutters every five years or so, the strings on your guitar need changing occasionally too! If you're not sure how often it's appropriate for you to change them, talk with someone who knows what they're doing - like us here at Melodica Music Store.


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