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Best guitar humidifier 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated March 1, 2019
Best guitar humidifier of 2018
Below you can find 3 reviews of the best guitar humidifier to buy in 2018, which I have picked after the deep market research. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your comfort, style, or accessibility, we have picks to fit a variety of needs and budgets. After carefully examining the reviews and ratings of the people who have used them earlier this listicle has been made. However, after giving you the TOP list, I will also give you some of the benefits you stand to gains for using it.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this guitar humidifier win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.
Why did this guitar humidifier come in second place?
Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price.
Why did this guitar humidifier take third place?
I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.
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The idea of a humidifier leaking and therefore damaging your instrument is a horrifying one—that’s where the Oasis OH-comes in. This guitar humidifier, designed to be virtually spill-proof, is an incredibly simple device that will keep your acoustic from getting too thirsty during the drier seasons. Maintaining a 45-55% relative humidity inside the guitar body, the OH-sits in the sound hole of your instrument mounted on a stabilizer bar. When the humidifier needs a refill, it simply crinkles up, visually notifying you that you need to use the 10cc syringe to replenish the device’s water supply.
Great for: guitarists who want an incredibly simple refillable humidifier with virtually no possibility of spilling in or on your instrument.
Music Nomad The Humitar
While none of these humidifiers are specifically for acoustic guitars alone, the Music Nomad Humitar caters to the wide world of wood-based string instruments. Acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, cellos, violas, and other alike instruments would all benefit from the presence of a Humitar in their cases. Releasing moisture at an even pace, the Humitar utilizes a sponge, which Music Nomad calls the Humid-i-Bar, to hold a significant amount of water inside a plastic casing. The material the sponge is made of is designed to be no-drip and hold a whopping ten times its weight in water, so you don’t have to worry about refilling on the regular. It’s also quite easy to tell when the Humitar needs a refill—just pop open the top and touch the sponge. Dry? Refill it. Still wet? Leave it be. It’s that simple.
Great for: string players of all stripes who want an unconventional refillable humidifier that distributes moisture via a sponge rather than your typical plain water-filled variety.
Much like a lifeguard is specially trained to dive into the depths to save a drowner, the Kyser Lifeguard is trained to dive into the sound hole of your steel-string guitar, classical guitar, or concert ukulele and keep it safely humidified. Or, rather, it was specifically designed to fit in those sound holes. The Lifeguard comes in three distinct sizes perfect for your acoustic, classical guitar, or concert ukulele. It easily slips under the strings and into the sound hole of your instrument to keep the body nice and hydrated, but also absorbs excess moisture in the case of a damp climate. To fill this one up, submerge the Lifeguard in water, shake the excess off, and you’re free to humidify to your heart’s content.
Great for: acoustic players, but particularly classical guitar and concert ukulele players who want a humidifier designed especially for those instruments.
The Dampit is perhaps the oldest, most time-tested humidifier on this list. Like a little hose designed to keep your instrument hydrated, the tube-shaped Dampit can be immersed in water, dried off and then placed inside of your instrument to keep it at the ideal humidity of about 45-55%. The Dampit can even tell you the percentage of humidity in your room, using color-changing spots on the side of the device to indicate just about how humid it is. Perhaps even cooler, however, is the fact that you don’t need to remove the Dampit to play—you can keep it inside the instrument to reportedly no tonal loss.
Great for: players who want a device that can both humidify and read the room’s humidity, and those that don’t like the idea of removing and replacing a humidifier whenever they want to play.
Drink all you want.
I have a high end 201rosewood /spruce acoustic that won’t drink a drop.
I have a high end 201rosewood /spruce acoustic that won’t drink a drop.
My 20 year old mahogany/spruce drinks a sponge a week. The sides of the fingerboard on this high end Canadian dreadnaught were pulling in (scalloping) between the fretwire ends. The sponge swelled them in 3-weeks of 5-day rehydrates.
If your guitar drinks these sponges dry in a week keep soaking them with distilled water and shaking them before installing in the guitar. Check every days. Who needs or wants to break in another new guitar, right? Get your self a humidity gauge. I use a analog (dial) brand whose name matches Bart and Homer’s hometown as these are adjustable. They can be disassembled and calibrated by a novice and are about a sawbuck. You use salt water to calibrate. Search the interweb for directions on this.
The one thing the kit does not have is the all-important humidifier block, so you’ll need to buy one if you don’t have one already.
One thing we should mention is that while the listed dealer says “Yamaha,” and this listing mentions a “limited lifetime warranty,” this information is misleading. For one thing, according to the reviewer who first mentioned this issue, the guitar kit itself is not shipped by Yamaha, but by a music instrument supplier in New Jersey.
Secondly, Yamaha does not warranty Internet sales. They only put warranties on original instruments sold by licensed Yamaha dealers, and the company in NJ that the reviewer mentioned is not a licensed Yamaha dealer.
Finding a best classical guitar for a beginning student, whether it’s for a child, teenager, or for yourself, can be a challenging proposition when you have a tight budget.
The full-size guitar in black by DirectlyCheap should therefore be on your list for consideration. Made out of linden, basswood and catalpa with a particularly ornate inlay around the sound hole, this model has a really lovely sound for the price. Just keep in mind that, like other guitar shipments, when you receive the guitar, you will have to “set up” the neck. If you need help with this, a guitar tech will assist.
On the other hand, classical guitars are usually played without a pick, so it’s up to you whether to purchase this particular model or not, based on the potential of a missing item from the shipment. All this said, the guitar is a good choice for a tight budget, so keep this listing in mind.
Specific characteristics include
However, given this particular model’s price point, this might be more appropriate for a musician who is looking at their first professional gigging instrument, rather than a “rank beginner,” who might give up the guitar after a short while. However, the beautiful sound just might inspire the beginner to practice more often.
If you own an electric guitar, I recommend buying a guitar tuner pedal such as the PolyTune Mini by TC Electronic (read my review here). The advantage this tuner has over other tuners is that you can strum all six strings and instantly see which strings are out of tune.
Other Guitar Accessories to Consider
The above guitar accessories are all must have for all beginners. All beginners need a metronome or guitar tuner regardless of whether you learn on acoustic or electric. There are other guitar accessories which are good to have, but depend on your situation.
The OH-also hangs off of the edge of your case. You simply slide a metal strip onto the edge of your case, which affixes your humidifier into one fixed position. If you’re worried that the metal strip won’t fit, Oasis also includes magnets to accomplish a similar purpose.
Getting to 40-60% RH
Lucky for us, there are some great products to help cut out the guesswork. I’ve already mentioned one of them, the Hygrometer or Hygro-Thermometer. These read the RH level of the area that you put them in. The best versions that I’ve seen, such as the Humiditrak from Planet Waves, stay inside your case and will actually send notifications to your smart phone if the humidity is reaching dangerous levels. They also show you the temperature, and will even notify you if your case took any impact such as a drop or shock.
This is the environment that your acoustic may spend a lot of time in. With this, you could pop open the case and spot-check the humidity whenever you’d like. Now, the big digit version would be great to keep wherever your guitar collection is most concentrated. For those who want to be more discreet, the mini version will still work well in an open environment.
The Less Than 40% Solution
So you’ve got your hygrometer in place and found that you’ve been keeping your guitar in a dry environment (less than 40%). You’ve run your hand over the top of your instrument, and it feels like it’s sinking in. You’ve noticed that the bridge looks like it may be drying out and possibly starting to separate. Time to take action! You need a tool that pumps humidity back into your guitar.
We’ve heard of these devices, right? They’re called Humidifiers. One great option is from Oasis. This humidifier is filled with water, and then placed between the strings. The mesh tube allows vapor to get through while keeping the water trapped inside. As it runs out, you’ll see the tube shrink up, and that’s how you now it’s time to refill it.
On the other hand, if you’d like an option that doesn’t involve a healthy amount of water in your guitar, there are alternatives such as the humidifiers offered by Planet Waves. These are basically sponges that you soak, ring out, and then place inside of the provided casing. When the sponge is dry, then you simply repeat the process. I assure you, these products are not difficult to use; however, I would just suggest caution and to read all instructions before use.
This is a great system for maintaining your instrument. If your guitar is suffering from humidity issues and you need to get it back to 40-60%, then you’ll want to use one of the other products that I mentioned first, but after that, this 2-Way System will you help you tremendously.
Three of the most commonly used species in the manufacture of a solid spruce guitar top – Adirondack. Engelmann. Sitka. Which one is best? Well, each has its merits and its adherents, but wood is a natural substance. As such, it’s subject to the whims and vagaries of the weather.
Engelmann spruce is GENERALLY considered the best, but this, of course, depends more on the individual piece than the species. Some Sitka or Adirondack samples may be better than some Engelmann ones. More important is the grain. The finer the grain, the higher the quality. Tight grain wood comes from old growth forests. It is stronger and resonates better than pieces with wider grain.
Solid spruce guitar tops result in clear, bright tones and chiming harmonics. Bluegrass pickers tend to favour spruce tops, as do most country artists. The bell-like tone fits this style of music beautifully. Folk singers also like solid spruce tops because each note picked rings out and can be heard over the background buzz in coffee houses and other small venues frequented by these artists. When chords are strummed, solid spruce tops provide a full, rich sound which will fill the room.
Mahogany is a tropical hardwood. Its gorgeous colour makes for a really eye-catching guitar top. But mahogany is not just a pretty face. For a hardwood, it’s quite light in weight, and its inherent stiffness makes for a very responsive sounding board. Being of a denser molecular structure than either spruce or cedar, a solid mahogany top requires a longer ‘break-in’ period. It can take upwards of five years. Solid mahogany top guitars, affectionately known as “Hog-tops” by those in the know, are therefore not ideal for the novice. This is an instrument for the more seasoned player.
The tones typically produced by a Solid Mahogany Top are usually brighter than a cedar top produces, but mellower than you’d expect from a spruce top. And although the ‘ageing’ process is slower than that of the softwoods, hogtop lovers are a patient breed. A well-seasoned Solid Mahogany Top will make itself heard in almost any venue and will have shrugged off any tinniness that might have been present when it was new. And a hog can fit into almost any musical genre which calls for an acoustic guitar.
Cedar is a beautiful aromatic softwood, well-known for lightness of weight, high strength and rigidity. Its lovely, warm, reddish-brown colour is in keeping with the sweet, smooth-as-molasses tones produced by a guitar with a solid cedar top. Port Orford Cedar is a long-time favourite of discerning luthiers. With its fine grain….usually finer than spruce….and light molecular structure, this wood doesn’t just vibrate…it SINGS. Even a steel-string guitar sounds gentle with a cedar-top. But with nylon strings…….THAT’S where a cedar guitar top shines.
Classical guitars and Flamenco guitars often have solid cedar tops, and it’s no wonder! While the tone is gentle, it’s still strong. Many folk artists use cedar tops because the tonal qualities lend themselves well to vocal accompaniment…strong and assertive without being strident or overbearing.
Solid Cedar tops, like any other solid-tops, need special care. Cedar is strong, but it scratches very easily. While some folk think of these scars as “adding character” to an instrument, you won’t want to deface your guitar unnecessarily. Buy a hard-shell case and store your guitar there. A stand is okay for a bathroom break, but don’t leave your axe there for extended periods. Also, consider your ambient relative humidity. You may wish to consider the purchase of a little device to keep your guitar from drying out and coming apart. Ask your retailer about these gizmos. They’re quite inexpensive…and worth every penny in areas OR HOMES with low humidity.
Solid tops ‘age’. That is, the longer and more they’re played, the better they sound. Cedar ages quickly….a Solid Cedar Top will really come into its own usually within years…! So, if you prefer dulcet tones to twang, a Solid Cedar guitar top may be what you seek. Just remember: Even two ‘identical’ guitars…with consecutive serial numbers…will have slight differences. Choose the one that sings to you…
Five Tips to Keep Your Instrument Healthy
Now that you know the importance of monitoring your instrument’s environment to balance the relative humidity, here are five tips that Bob Taylor shared in the previously mentioned Premier Guitar article that make good sense to follow.
Other cases are made of compacted foam, which is lightweight. It also forms a nice, snug bed for the violin. Compact foam does not provide much insulation, but it is better than wood.
Carbon fiber cases offer the most protective hard coating for a case, so if your violin is likely to get bumped around during frequent travel, carbon fiber offers good protection. However, this material provides even worse insulation than wood or compacted foam.
As far as size, the first concern is whether the case will fit your instrument properly, as well as anything else you need to keep in the case like rosin, accessories or sheet music. If you are a minimalist, something simple might suffice, but if you are a pro who needs a lot of extra items, a larger case with more storage space might be important. The weight of the case is also important. If you or your growing violinist are on the small side, a heavy case might be cumbersome.
Violin cases come in several different shapes: rectangular, oblong, violin-shaped or dart-shaped. Violin or dart-shaped cases tend me weight a little bit less because there is less material making up the outer shell of the case. Rectangular and oblong cases are usually heavier, but they allow more interior room for features and storage.
If playing your violin is an at-home hobby, portability might not be a major factor. Do you carry your violin somewhere daily? Do you walk several city blocks or take public transportation? What about airline travel? All of these questions are important when considering a violin case. If you walk and carry your violin a lot, you need a case that combines protection and durability with being lightweight. You may also consider a case that allows for straps to a attach to allow your to sling it over your shoulder or even carry it like a backpack.
Are you the type of person who wants everything they own to express your personal sense of style? If so, the aesthetic design of your case really matters. While you might imagine violin cases in boring black, today there are many choices that allow you to show off a bit of your personality. From the sophisticated handbag look to bright, cheerful colors, there is something out there for everyone.
The guitar top is the part that everyone sees, so it has to be attractive. But the more important thing is that it determines the resonant qualities of the guitar and the tone it produces.
Besides, it is something that is a permanent fixture on your guitar, unlike other parts such as strings, nuts and saddles, which have to be replaced over time.
Spruce and cedar are in great demand for tops because they resonate well, are light-weight and strong.
Solid wood makes for better instruments but require more care (affected by humidity).
Cedar scars easily, so ideally NOT recommended for kids or if you intend yo use it as a campfire guitar.
While guitars are sized in a certain fashion, it is always good to play one before buying if at all possible. If you are unable to test things out, you need to turn to the manufacturer’s listed measurements and a good old sizing chart. If in doubt on the sizing chart, double check it against the specifications listed on the manufacturer’s website.
The instruments on our best acoustic guitar list come in three main sizes with full-sized, 3/size and half-size guitars. Half-size acoustic guitars are good for kids or small handed adults, while 3/is your best bet if you think you’ll have trouble playing an adult guitar. In other words, if you have short arms, go with the 3/size. There are also oddballs like 7/and 15/16, the latter being only slightly smaller than a full-sized acoustic guitar.
Wood & Tone
The wood used in the guitar directly affects the tone. While it is used in the neck, back, sides and top, certain areas affect the tone more than others. Unfortunately, manufacturers offer up plenty of exotic options these days, which can make things confusing for consumers. The most common types of top wood found in basic guitars are Mahogany, Maple, and Spruce.
When you get to the exotics, things can get expensive with companies like Martin offering up options like Italian Alpine Spruce, Walnut, and Cherry. You will also want to take a look at the construction to see if it’s a solid body or has laminate panels. The latter won’t hold up as well and doesn’t have a full tone like a solid body acoustic guitar. For beginners, this won’t matter much, but more experienced players may want to research the types of woods and the tones the produce.
When it comes to extras, you may also want to consider an acoustic guitar with a kit. Many will come with a gig bag or a few picks, two things that should always be included but often are not. Other perks include straps, tuners, and extra strings. While it may seem minor, these things add up so if you’re buying your first guitar, consider a kit or combo set.
Yamaha JRAcoustic Guitar with Legacy Accessories
If you are just picking up an acoustic guitar for the very first time, prepare to meet your new baby. The Yamaha JRacoustic guitar has been a fan favorite for years, and while we’ve seen variants of this one, the Legacy Kit bundle is the only way to go.
Yamaha wants to make sure players have everything they need to get going out of the box with this kit. That means you will get a gig bag, clip-on tuner, a capo, peg winder and a strap to help keep your arms fresh. You will also get a DVD to teach you the ropes and a fresh set of folk guitar strings – you are going to pop one or two eventually. Throw in a slew of Legacy picks and a holder, and you’ve got yourself a kit that will last for years and can be passed down as well.
While this is far from their top of the line guitar, the JRis solid and sized at 3/4, so it’s suitable for both kids and adults. The Spruce top is laminate, but that’s to be expected for the price and the guitar itself is solid overall with Meranti back, sides and a Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. The only downside to this particular model is if you are a leftie, as it is currently only available for right-handed guitarists.
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Polymers are the future of violin strings. In the mid-20th century, string makers began using a nylon core to produce a sound closer to that of the expensive and temperamental catgut. The core is then wrapped with aluminum or silver depending on the quality and sound you expect it to produce.
Whether or not your violin has a fine-tuner will also affect which type of string end you will need. Some violins only have a fine-tuner for the E string and choosing an E-string with a removable ball end will give you the most versatility.
Artisan Violin Strings
Considered an excellent, low-cost string, Artisan produces clear tones that are warm and bright. These strings are versatile and useful for players of all abilities. Violin instructors often prefer them because they have a stable pitch that requires less re-tuning. Sold in a four pack with G-D-A-E, you can also buy a four pack with all E strings, all A strings, or two each of E and A strings.
They are made with a stainless steel core and are extremely durable. This means they will hold up well for students who may not have mastered an appropriate level of pressure or may be a bit hard on their first set of strings. Keep in mind that these have a ball end.
After a few days of regular practice, they are easy to break in. The type of music you will play on these strings does matter. It is adaptable for just about any style. However, note that, for classical music, there could be a longer adjustment time because these strings require proper control, pressure, and speed. That is often the case with less expensive strings and should not necessarily be a deterrent.
Fiddlerman Violin String Set
As can be expected in this list, all four strings are available in this set. The convenience of this means that even if you just need to replace one string at a time, you will have all four available without having to worry about which one you need. These strings are German made with a synthetic Perlon core. All of the strings have a ball end, but the ball end on the E string is removable.
The sound of these strings is smoother than steel core strings, but you will pay for that improvement in sound quality. These are best played with light fingers on the left hand. Novice players who have been playing on lower quality strings may not even realize they were heavy handed but when switching to these strings, it will be obvious they can lighten up.
They are advertised as being as good as Dominant Strings in blind tests by professionals. Even if that is not the case in your opinion, Fiddlerman has an excellent reputation for helping instrumentalists be 100 percent satisfied with their product.
Setups and Adjustment
Most players find that their guitar requires a setup once or twice per year to keep it performing properly. Common issues which develop over time, such as fret-buzz, high action, poor intonation and tuning, are all addressed in a setup. Depending on the instrument and the demands of the player, you may have your guitar set up more or less frequently. It is recommended that you have your guitar set up at least once per year to avoid potentially permanent damage. A setup is also an opportunity to optimise your guitar for a new string gauge or an alternate tuning. Such changes affect the tension on the guitar and usually require a full setup.
Long and McQuade will help you navigate the vast range of digital tuners, capos, slides, straps and instructional books available to make learning easier and open up new musical possibilities. Whether you are signing up for your first lesson or need help selecting the right strings for an alternate tuning, we are here to help you get the most out of your guitar.
Care and Maintenance
Proper care and maintenance of your guitar will help maintain consistent playability and offer protection from potential damage over time. Regular adjustment and proper storage will assure that you get the best performance out of your guitar every time you play and for years to come.
We also carry a wide range of guitar parts to help you maintain your guitar or even upgrade components to fully customize and truly make it your own.
Handling and Storage
Guitar strings need to be changed regularly. Some people change their strings every few days, others only a few times per year. There are many varieties of string, which can affect the tone and feel of your guitar in different ways. When buying strings for the first time, be sure to consult with a salesperson to make sure you get the right strings for your purposes.
Complimentary Guitar Setup
Guitars purchased at Long & McQuade come with free setup, to be redeemed within year for new guitars and 90 days for used guitars. This is an opportunity to make sure that your new guitar is performing its best, and playing to your satisfaction.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your guitar humidifier wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of guitar humidifier
- №1 — D’Addario Acoustic Guitar Humidifier
- №2 — Music Nomad MN300 Humitar Acoustic Guitar Humidifier
- №3 — Oasis OH-1 Guitar Humidifier