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Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:04 AM

 

Leaving guitars out of their cases?

I have 3 acoustic and 1 electric guitar.
I want to set up a music room with them conveniently handy but have always been paranoid about leaving them out of their cases.
I live near the coast so I think humidity is fine. They won't get dried out.
I will of course secure them so they won't get knocked over.

Any reasons to not leave them out?

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Reply Leaving guitars out of their cases? (Original post)
SHRED Jul 2019 OP
Fullduplexxx Jul 2019 #1
SHRED Jul 2019 #2
pangaia Jul 2019 #3
SHRED Jul 2019 #7
argyl Jul 2019 #14
redstateblues Jul 2019 #4
Hoyt Jul 2019 #5
Foolacious Jul 2019 #6
MuseRider Jul 2019 #8
CountAllVotes Jul 2019 #9
global1 Jul 2019 #10
SHRED Jul 2019 #11
RainCaster Jul 2019 #12
fierywoman Jul 2019 #13
argyl Jul 2019 #15
Iggo Jul 2019 #16
SHRED Jul 2019 #17
SHRED Jul 2019 #18
ProfessorGAC Jul 2019 #19
Arthur_Frain Jul 2019 #20
SHRED Jul 2019 #21
countryken Aug 2019 #22
Iggo Aug 2019 #23

Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:05 AM

1. Do you have children? Cause that would be one reason to not leave them out

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:06 AM

2. Yes...38 and 36 years old

 

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Response to SHRED (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:07 AM

3. then you better keep them in the cases.





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Response to pangaia (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:11 AM

7. Ha!

 

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Response to pangaia (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:10 PM

14. I spewed coke on my iPhone. Through my nose.

Burns like hell but the laugh was worth it.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:08 AM

4. Nope. If I'm working in my home studio, I always leave out the guitars I'm using. Some good stands

will keep them safe.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:10 AM

5. I leave the instruments I play most often out. I do hang them high on wall to minimize knocks, etc.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:10 AM

6. With proper humidity and security, it's okay.

That's what many musicians, and music stores, do.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:16 AM

8. When in our season or I have a gig

outside of the orchestra I leave my clarinets out in my office on a stand with a humidifier that I control carefully. I would be concerned with the wood on your guitars but I know a lot of string players who do not do this. Could it be the outside treatment is enough to stop cracking? I would be concerned about that but be careful how much humidity there is. It seems to take a long time to dry them out!

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:21 AM

9. Case

I always store my guitars in their cases.

Just the risk of one of them getting broke is simply not worth it! Nope!

Keep on pickin' by the way!



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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:27 AM

10. Distraction....

If my guitars are out I'm tempted to grab one of them and start playing and as a result lose myself in hours of playing.

When they're in the cases - out of sight - out of mind.

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Response to global1 (Reply #10)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:40 AM

11. That's what I'm thinking

 

If they are out they will get played more.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 12:04 PM

12. I keep my favorite acoustic out for those breaks

It's nice having it always ready to go. The electrics remain in their cases these days.
BTW, my alias comes from my two favorite guitars - not the weather. Rainsong & Tele...

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 12:19 PM

13. Do you live in an earthquake zone? Do you have animals (especially cats)?

I can get my viola out of its case, bow tightened and shoulder rest on in 15 seconds. I'd rather protect my (fragile) instruments by keeping them in their cases.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:25 PM

15. For years I rigorously put my guitars back in their cases after use.

But a while back I bought a couple of stands and keep two out, my favorite acoustic and electric.

And the electric's a semi hollowbody that sounds great unplugged and is usually played that way.

It's convenient but if I leave for any length of time back in their cases they go.

Wondering what to do with quality guitars is a dilemma
I kinda like.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 11:25 PM

16. I've got one of these...



My Strat-copy and my Lester on the left, my Ibanez bass in the middle, and my dread and my classical on the right.

I use a twin sized fitted sheet to cover them when I need to. Works surprisingly well.

Gimme a minute or a day to get a real picture up...

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Response to Iggo (Reply #16)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 11:31 PM

17. I like that

 

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2019, 12:57 PM

18. Here's what I did

 

I'll play them more now.



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Response to SHRED (Reply #18)

Mon Jul 29, 2019, 10:51 AM

19. Exactly What I Did

Mandolin and 2 Acoustics on 1 wall, 3 acoustics on the next wall, 2 electrics on 3rd, and 5 electrics on the last wall
I've got a lute bodied acoustic not hanging and my bass is in the case next to the piano.
I've only had to reregulate the electrics about once every 4 years or so.

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Response to SHRED (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 08:15 PM

20. A nice tool box there.

At the very least get a hygrometer. It would be nice if it was digital, and kept a record of extremes. Anytime there’s some major weather system coming through that has the potential to dump the temperature 20-30 degrees or humidity 20-25% in a short time, it wouldn’t hurt to case your instruments for the duration of the event.

The thing that kills fine instruments isn’t so much too much or little humidity as it is rapid changes in humidity. Same goes for temperature.

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Response to Arthur_Frain (Reply #20)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 08:35 PM

21. Good advice

 

Thanks

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:00 AM

22. keep 'em all out

If I leave 'em out, I play 'em. I grab the one that serves the purpose I need. The humidity is okay here in Florida, and if I'm walking through the room planning to play one song, I'd rather have the song choose the guitar rather than the guitar choose the song.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Aug 17, 2019, 09:01 PM

23. Hey, SHRED. Here's that guitar stand solution I was talking about last month.

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