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Humidity - What You Need To Know

There are only a few things to know that can insure your ukulele will last a long time and continue to sound and play well. Laminated instruments take a bit of care, but solid wood instruments require more concern, even under "normal circumstances". 

The main thing to do with a solid wood instrument is have a humidity gauge where you keep your ukulele and if you are below 35% or above 65% humidity,have a means of humidifying or dehumidifying. If you buy a solid wood instrument from The Ukulele Site YOU ALWAYS GET A HUMIDIFIER FREE!!

Humidifying - The most common problem is your humidity levels being low. This is often bad during the winter or summer months when there is a lot of air heating/cooling. Or in states like California/Arizona/Nevada etc..where it is very dry. This is also the biggest problem your instrument can encounter because it quickly leads to neck angles being off, fret ends are often sticking out, and in extreme cases cracking occurs. So what you do to prevent that is, when you are not playing it, keep your ukulele in it's case with a humidifier. The Herco HE-360 is what we commonly give with all solid wood instruments. Also, the Oasis Ukulele Humidifier is even more effective in extreme changes. But one major thing that should be noted is that you need to maintain your humidifier. Follow the directions. Just having it is not enough.

Note: During the winter time if you heat your house it gets extremely dry. While a laminate will not crack it will warp. The top will sink in and the neck will bow back and you will get buzzing as well as sharp fret ends if the neck is not bound. Keeping it in a case with a humidifier is the only way to prevent this.

So what about us humidified people? Very humid environments can cause an ukulele to swell and get higher action or get a "tongue rise" causing buzzing. If you can, have a room with an air conditioner or dehumidifier to keep your instruments and monitor the humidity. If that is not an option you can get the Planet Waves Humidipak. It is not inexpensive, $40 but may be crucial for continuous optimal playability.

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