Best Humidifier for Guitar Room (2020) – NO MORE Off-Tuned Notes!

As someone who is playing the guitar, you should already know that your guitar is made of wood. But, did you know that it still “thinks” like a tree? And just like a tree, your guitar will acclimate itself to the surrounding area. However, if that area doesn’t have the suitable conditions, well… Your guitar is in for a disaster.

 

For example, if the air is too dry, your instrument will start drying up an eventually start cracking, and you don’t want that, right? So, how can you help your guitar not lose its natural moisture? Bu finding the best humidifier for guitar room storing.

 

Every year, you can find hundreds of damaged guitars in repair shops. The cause of damage - dry air conditions. Usually, these guitars end up with sinking tops, cracked bridges, and shrinking fret boards. All of this can be prevented with the right humidity levels.

 

And, for this post, I’ve talked to a professional guitarist. He will explain how to help your beloved instrument avoid deterioration.

 

I Asked An Experienced Guitarist!

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As you've probably noticed by now, each time I talk about a topic that is humidity related, yet, not completely in my niche, I ask an expert for help.

 

This time, I interviewed Derrick Michaels, a long-time guitarist and occasional guest classical guitar teacher at the Karajan Academy of Music in Berlin.

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

Hi Derrick, it is really a pleasure to have you as a guest on my blog!

 

To be honest, when I started the whole blog thing, I never imagine that one day I would interview a guitar pro (laughing).

 

But, here we are today, and welcome!

DERRICK MICHAELS

Guitarist

Hello Leona, thanks for having me.


Well, since we are being honest, I never imagined being a guest on a humidity blog (laughing), but it's funny how life puts you on these small interesting paths, isn't it?



It is my pleasure being here actually and let's see if I can help out your readers and fellow guitar players and enthusiasts.

 

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

Oh, I am pretty sure you will help a lot. Okay, let's start. In your opinion, what are the most important factors when it comes to safely storing your guitar?

DERRICK MICHAELS

Guitarist

From my experience, the two most important factors are temperature and humidity.



You see, the semi-hollow and acoustic guitars have sensitive sides, back, and the thin top.



These are the parts that are extremely sensitive on rapid temperature and humidity changes.



And, they will get damaged if they are left for too long in an environment that is outside the safe zone.



Furthermore, this also implies for all other guitars, not just acoustic and semi-hollowed.

 

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

What would the safe zone be?

DERRICK MICHAELS

Guitarist

The safe zone is an environment that has a stable humidity level.



When I say stable, I mean that it doesn't go over 50% or below 40%.



If the room where your guitar is stored is with, for example, the humidity level of some 35%, your guitar will start drying up and it will soon start cracking.



On the other hand, if the room has, like, 60% humidity, the guitar will absorb the moisture and start warping.



And, it will even start developing mold patches, which just means you can throw it away.



Also, to much humidity likewise means rust on the metal parts.

 

 

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

Okay, that explains a lot, thank you! Now, from my area of expertise, this means that you need a hygrometer to monitor the humidity levels in your guitar room.

DERRICK MICHAELS

Guitarist

Exactly! You should actually have one and keep it in the case together with the guitar and check up on it from time to time to see the exact levels of humidity.



This will tell you if you need to use a humidifier if the air is too dry, or a dehumidifier if there's too much moisture.

 

 

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

Okay, so, from what you said, you actually need 2 hygrometers.



One for the guitar case and one for the room.



Or, you can opt for a humidifier that has a builtin hygrometer so that you are 100% sure the humidity levels are constant.



Also, I wanted to add that in case of high humidity levels, instead of buying high-priced dehumidifiers, you can actually have dehumidifying plants in your guitar room.



And what about the winter months? Any special advice for that season?

 

DERRICK MICHAELS

Guitarist

You see, that is actually a great question!



Most people are proud of their guitars and love to let them be seen.



This is actually a big mistake.



The guitar should always be in the case when not used.



The case itself is an excellent protection for your guitar.



And, I don't mean just physical protection like from bumps or hits but from the invisible enemy, the humidity or the dry air.



When inside the case, the guitar is well protected from the elements. Okay, not completely protected from the humidity or the dry air, but at least protected for a while from sudden humidity fluctuations.



So, it is much better and safer to keep your guitar in the case then display it on a holder in the room.

 

 

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

What would you say about storing the guitar in the open? I mean, keeping it on a holder instead of a guitar case?

 

DERRICK MICHAELS

Guitarist

You see, that is actually a great question!



Most people are proud of their guitars and love to let them be seen.



This is actually a big mistake.



The guitar should always be in the case when not used.



The case itself is an excellent protection for your guitar.



And, I don't mean just physical protection like from bumps or hits but from the invisible enemy, the humidity or the dry air.



When inside the case, the guitar is well protected from the elements. Okay, not completely protected from the humidity or the dry air, but at least protected for a while from sudden humidity fluctuations.



So, it is much better and safer to keep your guitar in the case then display it on a holder in the room.

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

Okay, Derrick, thank you so much for this interview and the super useful advice. I am sure that the readers will appreciate you taking the time to help us out today.

 

DERRICK MICHAELS

Guitarist

It was my pleasure, Leona. What can I say, keep your guitars safe and ROCK ON!

 Recommended Humdifier Choices (For Guitar Room)

So, up until now, we only had standard tabletop and console humidifier models in the guides.

 

But, this is a specific topic and that is why we needed to include humidifiers that are only for guitar use.

 

Of course, you will see the standard models as well.

 

However, in case you didn't know already, there are specific miniature humidifiers that are meant to be used only for guitars.

 

Let's take a look at the choices our guitar expert suggested.

 

Geniani Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

best humidifier for huitar room - Geniani Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

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This one more humidifier that is a popular choice in the guitar world community.

 

And, it is actually quite affordable with a price of around $40. Yeah, not even $40!

 

The Geniani Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is cheap, but it certainly doesn’t look or work cheap, that you can be certain.

 

The humidifier comes with a bunch of super features up his sleeve.

 

And, besides using it for your guitar room, you can quite comfortably use it for your living or bedroom as well.

 

One of the great features I’ve mentioned is a relatively large 2.4-liter water tank.

 

When full, this tank will offer you up to 48 hours of continuous use!

 

You can pretty much fill it up (which is easy and stress-free) and forget about it in the next 2 days.

 

Other useful features include adjustable mist levels, and the ability to control the direction of the mist flow thanks to the controllable nozzle.

 

Also, the humidifier comes with the auto shutdown feature, when the tank is nearly empty.

 

Furthermore, with a silent operation, this humidifier can be used any time you want and it won’t bother anyone.

 

And, the last but not least, you can also use essential oils.

 

This is ideal for the moments you feel like having a spa day and a guitar jam session.


TaoTronics Top Fill Humidifier

best humidifier for guitar room - TaoTronics Top Fill Humidifier

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Next on our expert’s list is the TaoTronics Top Fill Humidifier.

 

This is a more high-end model that is primarily meant for home humidification.

 

But can do a more than just a splendid job in keeping your guitar properly moisture and safe.

 

The main reason behind this price is the fact that it comes with plenty of features.

 

And, these features are suitable for both guitar owners and general users.

 

Also, the humidifier has a 4-liter water tank and an adorable full-white design.

 

However, the highlights of this model are humidity presets.

 

For guitar owners, this is the most important feature because they need a constant humidity level. And, this is exactly what this humidifier offers.

 

In the end, you can also expect features such as 5 mist output levels, ceramic filter, and a few different working regime modes.

D’Addario Planet Waves Acoustic Guitar Humidifier

best humidifier for guitar room - D’Addario Planet Waves Acoustic Guitar Humidifier

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Easy to use and cheap should be the motto for the D’Addario Planet Waves Acoustic Guitar Humidifier.

 

The D’Addario’s humidifier for acoustic guitar sound hole is unbelievably stress-free to use and it comes with a more than just affordable price.

 

This useful little gadget comes with a plastic shell design that allows you to place it right between the two strings in the middle.

 

Here, it will safely stay while slowly releasing the moisture, without actually touching the body of the guitar.

 

“Under the hood” of this humidifier, you can find a non-drip designed sponge.

 

And, you can also get a replacement sponge for almost nothing of a price.

 

The process of use is extremely simple. All you have to do is wet the sponge and repeat the process once it becomes dry.

 

The only downside to this humidifier is that you need to do the sponge wetting procedure more than most of guitar owners would like to.

 

But, with the price tag and the effectiveness, you can’t actually complain, right?

D’Addario Humidipak Two-Way Humidification System

best humidifier for guitar room - D’Addario Humidipak Two - Way Humidification System

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The guitar players will probably agree with me when I say, removing the guesswork from guitar maintenance is a blessing.

 

And, this is exactly why the D’Addario Humidipak Two-Way Humidification System is a hit among the guitar owners.

 

The equation is simple, there’s no humidity measuring nor manual adjustments.

 

The main feature is that this humidifier keeps the constant humidity levels of between 45% and 50%. Just the perfect conditions!

 

All you have to do is spend less than $20 for 3 mess and stress-free pouches and leave one of them in the case or the sound hole. And that’s it!

 

Of course, after a few months, you will need to replace the pouch with a new one.

 

It doesn’t get any simpler than this, right?

 

 

Arion In-Case Humidifier

best humidifier for guitar room - Arion In-Case Humidifier

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The designers of Arion made two things sure.

 

The Arion In-Case Humidifier is easy to use and extremely efficient when it comes to keeping the humidity levels of your guitar inside ideal.

 

Now, when it comes to the content of the humidifier, it’s nothing short of “space technology”!

 

I am not kidding. The inside of the tube is filled with hydrogel, a modern compound that keeps the humidity levels constant for a long time.

 

It works by keeping the moisture trapped inside the gel and slowly and equally releasing it over time.

 

Now, the plastic case that holds the gel releases the moisture into your guitar and keeps it safe from becoming dry and cracking.

 

And, you don’t have to worry about leaks or the humidifier leaving a mess because the moisture gradually escapes the case and doesn’t condensate.

 

The use is really easy as all you have to do is add some water into the gel, close the case, place the humidifier into the guitar case, and that’s it.

 

Once you notice the water has evaporated, you just have to add fresh water and put the humidifier back into the guitar case.

FINAL THOUGHTS

With the Arion in-case humidifier, we have reached the end of the today's best humidifier for guitar room guide.

 

As always, I did my best at covering all the possible angles so that you have the best insight into what to do and to choose.

 

We had an expert to help us out in having a better understanding of how guitars react to humidity level changes.

 

And, you had a chance to check out his suggestions for a humidifier for your guitar room.

WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?

 

So, what have we learned from today's guide?

 

Well, for starters, we learned that keeping a guitar in an environment that has low humidity is not good.

 

Guitars are made of wood, and wood, when exposed to dry air, loses its moisture and density.

 

This leads to cracks and bad sound.

 

Why bad sound? Well, surface (finish) cracks are pretty much harmless and they only ruin the aesthetics of a guitar. Also, they can easily be dealt with.

 

But, deep cracks are a completely different story. As I said above, when wood loses its moisture, it also loses its density.

 

This means that a guitar that is dried up and filled with deep cracks will not have the perfect resonance as a guitar that was kept in perfect humidity condition.

 

It will be very hard or impossible to fine tune it, and playing on it will feel and sound like playing on a child plastic guitar.

 

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

 

So, in order to keep your guitar well-tuned and healthy (sort of speak), you need to keep it in the perfectly humidified surrounding.

 

This can be achieved either with the ultrasonic, tabletop or console humidifiers, or the specifically built for guitars mechanical in-case or sound hole humidifiers.

 

The second option offers you a piece of mind just for your guitar.

 

They are easy to use, cheap, and efficient.

 

On the other hand, ultrasonic humidifiers offer safety for your guitar whether if it's in a case or proudly displayed on your wall or on a holder.

 

And, with these humidifiers, it is not only your guitar that will feel the benefits.

 

Your home will also benefit, and what's most important, you and your family will feel much better and healthier when living in a properly humidified home.

 

So, the final choice is up to you.

 

In the end, I just want to thank you for reading this post and I hope it helped you in making the right decision.

 

Also, if you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section and I will do my best to provide you with the right answers.