Guitar Humidifiers

planet waves humidipak

Planet Waves Humidipak

I knew there had to be some ‘less fun’ things to learn about regarding my upcoming guitar purchase. A guitar’s need for humidity is one of them.

Apparently a certain amount of humidity is a good thing for preserving guitars and keeping them from cracking and falling apart.

On the other hand, too much moisture in the air can cause the wood in a guitar to expand, which is also not good.

When in the US, I live in a very dry, high alpine environment. I might be someone who really needs a humidifying device for any guitars kept there. However, in Kyoto, the opposite problem exists; Kyoto is known for being very hot and humid during the summer.

planet waves guitar humidifier

Planet Waves Guitar Humidifier

The Planet Waves Humidipak product (above) looks like a great solution at first glance, with its promise to provide long term and nearly carefree optimal moisture levels within a guitar case in ‘too dry’ and ‘too moist’ conditions, but there are a few reports online claiming leakage problems and discoloring issues with Humidipaks.

That same company’s guitar humidifier (right) seems to be a safer solution, at least for the dry climate end of the problem, but there is a constant need to continually replenish the water in the sponge within the humidifier’s plastic case. And we are still left with what to do about the ‘wet air’ in Kyoto.

It seems that owning a guitar may provide more maintenance challenges than simply changing broken strings from time to time.

Japanese Guitar Straps
I’m presently more excited about searching for a guitar strap than I am about researching the topic of guitar humidifying devices. For my first guitar I would like to buy a guitar strap reminiscent of the time I spend living in Kyoto each year. I am not having much luck finding anything reflective of the culture here. Many Japanese guitarists really love things that come from America, and many of the guitar straps here are very ordinary or ‘too weird’ looking American products. It is not so easy to find accessories in a Japanese guitar store that look Japanese or that were made in Japan.

Regarding My Ongoing Guitar Search
From my research so far and from what I am drawn to presently, there is a chance the first guitar I end up buying could end up being a Japanese brand guitar that must be purchased in the US, because…
…after being designed in Japan and apparently built in yet a third country, amusingly, the specific Japanese guitar I am considering now is not offered for sale in Japan.

For Those Keeping Score At Home
Guitar search – Fun,
Guitar strap search – Fun,
Guitar humidity balancing device research – Not Fun.

-Kin’en