Planet Waves Guitar Humidifier
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12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
A Good Basic Humidifier for Round Hole Acoustic Guitars Jan 25, 2011
This is a simple humidifier for guitars with a round sound hole. It would not work for an f-hole archtop or other types of instruments such as mandolin or ukulele. Inside the sturdy plastic case is what appears to be an ordinary kitchen sponge. If you use distilled water (as recommended) it should last quite a while. The top comes off with a gentle press on the sides. The dry sponge can be a little difficult to remove with fingers but tweezers or needle nose pliers work perfectly. Don't push it all the way in after moistening and you won't have a problem. I drip a little distilled water on the sponge, squeeze out any excess, and the assembled case pops in easily between the D and G strings, suspended in the middle of the sound hole. They can't be seen in the photo but there are small ridges on each side that hold the top in place against the strings. I've never had one of these move from where I left it.
If the sponge isn't dripping wet you should never have a problem with drops of water in the guitar or case. When the humidity is very low (30% or less) the sponge dries out in 2 to 3 days even if the case isn't opened. As with most humidifiers of this type you will have to check every few days.
If you have ever had a crack appear in the top of favorite guitar (or don't want to see one) use a guitar humidifier! Especially during the winter - heating a house tends to drop the indoor humidity below safe levels (between 45% and 60% is ideal for most guitars). Air conditioning can do the same. For especially valuable guitars it would be worth buying a hygrometer to keep in the case but for most guitars having one in the room where you keep you guitar(s) is okay. For many reasons it's always best to keep your guitar in a case or gig bag when not in use. A humidifier is inexpensive extra precaution at those times of year when temperature or humidity changes quickly.
17 of 19 found the following review helpful:
The best of humidifiers Dec 27, 2008
By Brother John
It seems that some folks were concerned over the color change or consistency of the foam. But they need to know that they must use only distilled water and not tap or any kind of mineral water - as they will clog the pores of the foam.
9 of 10 found the following review helpful:
much better than the previous version of Planet Waves humidifier Apr 21, 2009
By Ralph Ellis
This new version, where the top flange snaps off to expose the sponge, is much easier to use than the old version. You can moisten the sponge quickly and easily without any syringe to annoy you or to lose. However, you CAN lose the top flange, and I think I finally did, somehow -- have not seen it in a while.
Another benefit to this new model is that the body width -- and therefore the amount you have to displace your strings -- is less. that's good on all guitars but especially where strings are close, as on a 12-string. I've had several different types of humidifiers but now this is best I've found. (Honestly though the ones I admired most were the old plastic 35mm film film containers my friend drilled some holes in, stuffed with sponge, and would wet and toss into the guitar case. I really liked the price$ of those. . . ) Ellis
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Better than nothing Mar 17, 2011
By J. Allen
If you can't find a container and add your own sponge, then buy this.
Keeping a valuable guitar humidified is essential.
I think this item should cost three bucks at most, and $1.50 would still yield a healthy profit!
I made some more from stuff from the dollar which I think are better.
I use this one for my baritone uke, and the bigger ones I made I use in my dreadnaughts.
If you make your own, just make sure to not let the sponge drip, ie, wring it out, and make sure it does not actually touch any bare wood.
7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Does what a Guitar Humidifier should Jan 29, 2010
By C. Mentesana
"Trust in Jesus"
This is the second Planet Waves humidifier I have purchased. The first one, I got 5 years ago, when I got my Taylor. It has a slightly different design, but similar in functionality. The old one still works great. I got this one for my daughter who just got a Taylor. They dry out in less than a week in the dry winter months, but it only takes a few minutes to dampen them again with distilled water.
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