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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Anybody still using Planet Waves Humidipaks?

littleuch
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Ocala, Florida

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Mar 11th, 2019 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've been using them for a number of years now but got real lazy since moving to Florida. In Michigan I lived in an old farm house circa 1890. To say the humidity levels were extreme is an understatement and my acoustic guitars before humidity control showed it. When I discovered the Humidipak I kept the acoustic guitar cased with the 2 draped in the sound hole and one under the headstock. A month later the packs would harden and crystallize, a sign of the their environment I think. Here in Florida the A/C is almost always running cool or heat pump and indoor humidity level stable (it's 50% right at this moment). So I was amazed when I realized the last replacement was in 2016 and the paks were still soft. I find it hard to believe they offered any more protection so I just replaced them. 6 years with my Martin and I see no adverse signs. I did just take the saddle down a hair, but no visible lift, bulges, cracks...

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ohio

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Mar 11th, 2019 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you are able to maintain 50 percent there really is no need for a humidipac. I live in NE Ohio and condition the space my guitars are kept . Never below 40 percent and never above 48 percent. Works great with my Martin as me action hasnt moved in 5 years.

littleuch
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Ocala, Florida

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Mar 11th, 2019 01:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

The claim to fame of the humidipak is it's ability to moderate conditions in the case one way or the other. So if conditions change for a period of time (a stretch of open window weather, say) it'll (allegedly) keep things straight.

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ohio

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Mar 11th, 2019 02:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well as an HVAC guy I guess if you were in the desert I can see that, but I doubt in Florida you are going to open the window and its 20 0r 30 percent humidity. They dont dehumidify in high humid areas. I think those type of humidifiers are mostly for people who either live in a dry climate and dont humidify or dont or arent able to maintain humidity in the winter time. I would think in FLA needing more humidity is rarely a problem , maybe in the winter if the heat is on too long. I know it says it dehumidifies, but I would be skeptical. Get a cheap hygrometer and monitor the humidity in your case and see if it does the trick

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Mar 11th, 2019 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

A few years ago Bob Taylor was endorsing them so when I bought a new Taylor I gave them a shot. Since then I’ve been using the paks successfully all year. Winter is the issue here. It’s very dry with the furnace running for 6+ months. I’m getting about 2 months / set in the winter and the guitar is status quo. I can’t speak too much about removing moisture during a humid summer although the paks stay in and the guitar is stable and 100%.

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Wisconsin, USA

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Mar 11th, 2019 02:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use them religiously. They function as advertised. I think I've needed 1 change out per guitar in the last year.

littleuch
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Ocala, Florida

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Mar 11th, 2019 02:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't think I've seen the indoor humidity below 45% on my weather station, so the "open window" concerns would be excessive humidity. We rarely do that anyway since we're surrounded by oaks and other pollen filthy trees. The heat pump seems to not dry things out as much as a gas furnace.

I'm sure the stability of the indoor climate is the biggest determining factor in the happy acoustic. I just like the added assurance. I've seen one too many bridge lifts, neck joint humps, binding separations...

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ohio

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Mar 11th, 2019 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had an acoustic get overhumidified , so I know full well the ramifications. If you monitor indoor humidity , just keep an eye on it . I run a humidifier in the winter here and dehumidify in the summer. There are those in between times when nothing is needed and the humidity will remain between 45 -49 percent for a couple of weeks. A dehumidifier for me works well in the summer ,because the place where my guitars are isnt conditioned. I check the action and relief every time I restring my acoustic and even in between. Since I bought it , it hasnt moved.

catnineblue

LA , Calif

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Mar 24th, 2019 08:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Never tried them

6L6
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Apr 10th, 2019 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Love ‘em.

I use them in the Collings D2H I leave at Lake Tahoe. No complaints.

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Apr 10th, 2019 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Delete double post

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stinger22

USA

May 8th, 2019 07:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I got temp/humidity gauges all through the house and here on the Gulf Coast running a heat pump always around 50%, high might hit 65% on a real humid hot day but usually around 50%. The guitars I play regularly aren't in cases and haven't been for 40 years. Never seen any issues.

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

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Jul 16th, 2019 12:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Have used them for years.

My friend who's a luthier has been telling his customers to use them for years.

He's told me that he makes a great deal of income from people who bring in acoustics with cracked tops.

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