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Old 06-26-2013, 11:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, gang!

I recently traded a guitar I don't play into a local music store and got an Ibanez semi-hollowbody.

I know for my acoustic, I keep a stock of the Planet Waves Humidipaks and change them regularly, but I was curious to see if anybody here played a hollow or semi-hollow body electric and how they felt about hydration for their guitar. I haven't found much in terms of googling but figured I'd see what you all thought.
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey, gang!

I recently traded a guitar I don't play into a local music store and got an Ibanez semi-hollowbody.

I know for my acoustic, I keep a stock of the Planet Waves Humidipaks and change them regularly, but I was curious to see if anybody here played a hollow or semi-hollow body electric and how they felt about hydration for their guitar. I haven't found much in terms of googling but figured I'd see what you all thought.
Well you can if you are constantly moving it in and out of dry/wet hot/cold places. But if its generally at your house and not some 3000 dollar guitar I never see the point in doing that.
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Depends on your climate. If you get very dry summers and very wet winters, or vice versa, invest in a cheap guitar humidifier to sit in the case (15 bucks should get you a decent one), and keep the guitar in its case during the dry months.

What damages guitars is extremes of humidity or temperature. If your area switches between extremes frequently, take steps. If you live in a fairly temperate, not overly humid climate, then you don't have to.
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Well you can if you are constantly moving it in and out of dry/wet hot/cold places. But if its generally at your house and not some 3000 dollar guitar I never see the point in doing that.


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Depends on your climate. If you get very dry summers and very wet winters, or vice versa, invest in a cheap guitar humidifier to sit in the case (15 bucks should get you a decent one), and keep the guitar in its case during the dry months.

What damages guitars is extremes of humidity or temperature. If your area switches between extremes frequently, take steps. If you live in a fairly temperate, not overly humid climate, then you don't have to.

That's what I figured, but I wanted to make sure.
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mine is a semi hollow body too. Does it give different sound
It definitely does to me. Even my roommates who are fairly non-musical people commented on the different sound between it and my other guitars. Some of that might be the flatwounds I put on it, but still.
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I have this model--a 1965 Epiphone Century with a P-90 pickup



Handles great and very light. Kind of noisy probably due to age.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have this model--a 1965 Epiphone Century with a P-90 pickup



Handles great and very light. Kind of noisy probably due to age.
Jealousy isn't a strong enough word.

As for noisy, it could be dirty pots, loose wires, or the fact that P-90s are single coils and tend to be noisy sometimes (that said I never have hum issues ever).

Some people say that the type of electricity can cause hum, but I don't know much about that.
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