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Do you keep your Custom Shop guitars in the case or on the stand?

jsegovia

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Hi, folks. I'm wondering what most folks do with their CS guitars after they finish playing in the home. Do you keep them in the case or do you leave them out on stands, or perhaps hanging from wall hangers?

I live in the Boston area where summers are nice but can be (relatively speaking) warm and humid so we run the AC when necessary, and winters can be VERY dry and the heater is a must which makes things dryer. I'm guessing leaving the guitar in the case protects it from extremes of humidity and dryness, although I imagine the guitar would get used to conditions if left out? I don't think there's too much of a variation in our home between cold and heat.

I always keep mine in their cases but I realize that limits my playing time a lot, since I keep the cases out of the way in one of the bedrooms and it takes time to get the guitars out and put them back. I have a couple of very inexpensive guitars lying around the house that get far more play time than any of my nice guitars, which seems a waste.

Thanks in advance!

Jesse
 

Scott Cioe

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I'm in New England as well.
I return my guitars to their cases/bags which have case humidifiers. I also run a room humidifier. This combo keeps them where they should be.
As soon as the heat goes on in our house, the humidifiers get loaded up and checked regularly!
 

jsegovia

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I'm in New England as well.
I return my guitars to their cases/bags which have case humidifiers. I also run a room humidifier. This combo keeps them where they should be.
As soon as the heat goes on in our house, the humidifiers get loaded up and checked regularly!

Thanks! Do you use case humidifiers for your electrics as well?

Jesse
 

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I have several guitars, but use only one for a couple of months at a time, before I switch to another one. The one that I'm using is on the stand, the rest in their cases.
I always really look forward to swichting guitars, when I do it almost feels like I just bought that guitar!
 

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I am in the Northeast and I keep all of mine on stands year round . I believe the case is to dry and in the winter I run 2 humidifiers and it works out well . I notice some of the necks move a little bit in the spring coming out of winter and then need to be tweaked a bit .
 

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Also in the summer time I keep them in the big room which the window is wide open and the only downside to this is at times I have to tune just a little bit more . I never keep them in an air conditioned room .
 

jsegovia

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Also in the summer time I keep them in the big room which the window is wide open and the only downside to this is at times I have to tune just a little bit more . I never keep them in an air conditioned room .

Do you think air conditioning is bad for them?

Jesse
 

jsegovia

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I have several guitars, but use only one for a couple of months at a time, before I switch to another one. The one that I'm using is on the stand, the rest in their cases.
I always really look forward to swichting guitars, when I do it almost feels like I just bought that guitar!

That's an intriguing idea. Do you gig or use your guitars for home recording?

Jesse
 

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That's an intriguing idea. Do you gig or use your guitars for home recording?

Jesse

I do gig occasionally, but rehearse with my band every week. To both I just bring whichever guitar I'm currently using.
Personally, this habit has really increased the net time I spend practicing and actually playing guitar. Years ago, when I had all of my guitars out all the time, I used to switch on a daily basis or even during a practice session, which was really distracting me from focussing on the music. Now I spend much more quality time with my guitars, and since I don't see them all the time I also appreciate each one much more.
:salude
 

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Out and accessible all the time. Family room - Music room. I always have one close.


On a side note - any tips on fixing intonation - :)
 

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I keep all my guitars Historic's out so I can play each one , not keeping these mint for someone else !
 

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Away from direct heat and sunlight either in the case or out on the lounge chairs.
 

El Gringo

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Do you think air conditioning is bad for them?

Jesse

No , that was not where I was coming from I just like to keep them in natural climate, and I feel the air conditioned air can get dry and that would be my concern ,versus natural humidity . It's a toss up as to much humidity affects tuning and dry air can cause finish checking .
 
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jsegovia

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Always in a case...

I learned the hard way...

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Wow, sorry about that. The '74 ES-335TD my dad bought me when I was a freshman in high school has a repaired neck break. I stupidly left it leaning against my amp in a room with a hard floor and I think I turned just in time to see it falling forward onto its face. :(

Never any problem with it since the repair. It certainly would affect resale price but I'll never sell it - it's going to my son.

Jesse
 
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