Humidity

Your new Faith Guitar is made of solid wood, which is a very good thing, as solid tonewood resonates much more effectively – and therefore sounds much better - than the laminated plywood found on many other inferior instruments.

BUT.. Solid wood is also much more susceptible to changes in humidity, continual air conditioning or extremes of temperature. Increases in humidity will cause the wood to take on more moisture from the surrounding air thus causing the wood to expand; and decreases in humidity will result in moisture being lost from the wood and subsequently the wood shrinking.

If these changes occur quickly, the tone woods may split or bow; the neck my move or twist unnaturally; or the glue may weaken causing problems with joints, bracing or bridge integrity. So, rapid changes in humidity - either up or down - are to be avoided at all costs.

Tell-tale signs that you need to change your guitar’s environment:

  • The texture of the wood becoming very pronounced with the lacquer noticably ‘sinking’
  • The fret ends becoming ‘proud’ of the edge of the fingerboard. 
  • The top or back of the guitar arching inwards, or sinking. 

The good news is that you can do something about it, and here are a few suggestions:

  • The simplest thing - Buy a guitar humidity control system from your local music store or online. There are a number to choose from, and are not expensive. They come with full, simple instructions.
  •  When not in use, keep your guitar laid flat in its case with the lid closed. 
  • Do not place your guitar near a radiator, fan heater or other source of 'dry heat'. The air immediately surrounding the guitar will rapidly lose its moisture, and problems could occur.
  • It is advisable to avoid hanging your guitar on an outside wall inside your home. During particularly cold months, the temperature and humidity acting on the back of the guitar will differ from the front. 
  • If your guitar is exposed to freezing temperatures, once taken indoors we advise that you leave it in its case to reach room temperature more slowly.


Please note that problems caused by failing to take proper care of your instrument are not covered by your warranty.