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Too Wet as Bad as Too Dry?

Q: I hear a lot about how bad it is for guitars and other instruments to get too dry when the humidity drops. But what about the other direction? Is it bad when there is too much humidity?

A: In general, high humidity is less damaging to wooden guitars and instruments than low humidity because dry wood has a tendency to shrink and crack. However, in some cases, high humidity can cause the wood in the instrument to swell, which can sometimes break glue seams and cause other problems. And, as with low humidity, a change to higher humidity can cause the instrument’s neck relief to change or the neck to bow, requiring a truss rod adjustment.

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