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#1 EXTREMEGUITAR

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 08:33 PM

Hey guys hopefully things are going well. So its finally summer and here in CALI its in the 90 degrees(F) or 32+© range every day, sometimes i cant avoid leaving my guitar in the car for 30 minutes or so. I keep my car as cool as possible, but my guitar feels warm to the touch aftewards. I know its bad for it but what specifically should I watch out for? Anyone have the same issues or get a guitar ruined by heat?? Cheers cheers.gif

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 09:06 PM

mines gotten warm, but not really hot. one thing you can do is get some of those window covers, so it will avoid being in direct sunlight.

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 09:13 PM

and leave a tiny bit of the windows open to allow ventilation.

what should you look for? cracks in the fretboard around the frets.

also, put silica gel in your guitar case. last year when i went to Cali, i remember you guys have high humidity. humidity is not good for your instruments.
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Posted 07 July 2006 - 09:30 PM

Also, even though it might not have a heavy difference as opposed to what everyone else has said.. if its possible, put your guitar in the shade of your car.

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Posted 08 July 2006 - 03:40 AM

A solid-body electric is nowhere near as effected by heat as an acoustic or a hollow-body electric. A good case (hard-shell with padding) will usually protect your guitar for an hour or two if it isn't in direct sunlight (in a black case!). If you take a guitar inside into cool air-conditioning, give it a chance to acclimate a little bit too. I had a brand-new classical guitar my brother bought in Mexico and gave me as a gift. It was in a hot car (not hot enough to cause it damage but pretty warm). He brought it into my house (air-conditioned, and my wife likes it fukking cold), he immediately opened the case and handed it to me and as I started to play it, it began to self-destruct in my hands. The sides cracked big-time. The top actually shifted no longer in line with the back, which had split down the center. Temperature extremes aren't great for guitars, but extreme rapid changes are even worse.

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Posted 08 July 2006 - 03:47 AM

QUOTE (dadfad @ Jul 8 2006, 06:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A solid-body electric is nowhere near as effected by heat as an acoustic or a hollow-body electric. A good case (hard-shell with padding) will usually protect your guitar for an hour or two if it isn't in direct sunlight (in a black case!). If you take a guitar inside into cool air-conditioning, give it a chance to acclimate a little bit too. I had a brand-new classical guitar my brother bought in Mexico and gave me as a gift. It was in a hot car (not hot enough to cause it damage but pretty warm). He brought it into my house (air-conditioned, and my wife likes it fukking cold), he immediately opened the case and handed it to me and as I started to play it, it began to self-destruct in my hands. The sides cracked big-time. The top actually shifted no longer in line with the back, which had split down the center. Temperature extremes aren't great for guitars, but extreme rapid changes are even worse.

damn. did it get repaired?


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Posted 08 July 2006 - 05:29 AM

No I never did. The repair would be super-extensive. I still have it in its case in my basement. I've almost just tossed it a couple of times but always think "maybe-someday..." (although I have enough "musical projects" to last my lifetime) (half of which will still be un-done when I kick the bucket probably! Haha!). The surprising thing thing is is that it's actually still playable and has a decent sound even if not as much volume as it should. But the damn thing looks like Pete Townshend used it on the last tune of his last set at a gig in 1968 or something. (A classical fingerstyle version of "My Generation" laugh2.gif )




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