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« on: January 18, 2007, 07:40:36 AM »

1.) I see a lot of talk about humidifiers.  It's pretty humid where I live.... do I need to get one?  If so can you link me to the cheapest one that will work?
2.) I see a lot of people replace the bone saddle..... why?  about how much does it cost (just curious) assuming you pay someone to install it?
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2007, 11:49:59 AM »

If you are using the heat or air conditioning, you might need a humidifier. You can get a cheap hygrometer at Sears, or maybe Radio Shack.
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2007, 01:59:35 PM »

iha,

I replaced the tusq saddle on my parlor with bone for Bob Colosi and it made a significant difference in tone...what was once loud and brash and kinda jangly...became much more focused and balanced...and strangly a little quiter...but to my ear vastly superior.  You can do the switch your self a bone saddle will be in the $20 range.

 

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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2007, 04:00:41 PM »

The Oasis hygrometer from www.elderly.com seems accurate.

Bone saddles are used on virtually all high-end guitars because they help the tone resonate better, it is a noticable improvement.  For about $35, you can have one installed and you will likely also need a set up at the same time.  Your local luthier can probably supply the saddle and do everything $100-$120.  Colosi is good too if you want to do it yourself, but you will still need a set up.
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2007, 04:24:38 PM »

Regarding humidity, the important thing is to keep it within an acceptable range for the guitar...neither too dry nor too wet. Extreme humidity will cause swelling, issues with glue joints, all sorts of nastiness.

I knew a guy who bought a Taylor really cheap at a music shop in Singapore that was going out of business. The guitar exhibited signs of dampness, so when he got it home he weighed it and got it dried out to it's correct level. After weighing it again, he calculated that the guitar had soaked up more than a cup of water just hanging on the wall in the store.

Imagine pouring a cup of water into your guitar.
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2007, 10:47:01 PM »

so $20-35 for the bone saddle and then $90-100 to have someone install it?

does it help any that I keep my guitar in a case whenever i'm not playing it? (probably not).
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2007, 10:50:30 PM »

Keep it in the case when you have the heat on is the recommendation, but it still might be too dry.  As for costs:

$50 installed w/ luthier supplying saddle

$55 for a set up

or you can spend $20-30 to get your own saddle and do it yourself
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2007, 10:52:42 PM »

so $20-35 for the bone saddle and then $90-100 to have someone install it?

does it help any that I keep my guitar in a case whenever i'm not playing it? (probably not).

Install it yourself, it's not hard.

It won't help in the long run. It is more stable in that it takes longer for the changes in humidity to reach the guitar.
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2007, 11:54:33 PM »

thanks for the answers.  is there a website that explains how to do it? or a thread or anything?  (the bone saddle).  i just want to see what all it involves.
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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2007, 12:06:10 AM »

thanks for the answers.  is there a website that explains how to do it? or a thread or anything?  (the bone saddle).  i just want to see what all it involves.

If you get one from Colosi, He gives you detailed instructions. Get it from guitarsaddles.com , it's higher grade stuff even comes polished I believe.
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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2007, 12:37:32 AM »

Lots of great info and how-to's on this site

http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/pagelist.html


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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2007, 02:05:44 PM »

Lots of great info and how-to's on this site

http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/pagelist.html


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Great site, thanks!
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