Some very questionable blends you have there. Use these to learn how to cut, light, draw, and generally learn how to smoke a cigar, then move up from here. The Ron Mexico for example is made as a joke cigar and is absolutely horrible. The others I am not at all familiar with. If there is a tip that helped me most in this hobby when starting out it was this: Smoking cigars is not a cheap hobby. If you try to make it one, you're really just scratching the surface of the enjoyment you can get from cigars.
It’ll condition it and moisturize it. And it’ll look really good. It’s typically something that should be done a couple times per year (but never on maple finger boards).
It’s relatively cheap. I try and do it twice a year after I polish my frets.
Jim Dunlop lemon oil
Some cigar/smoke shops and most Headshops have them. I usually add a few to my order when i get some smoking accessories. For example Amazon
Recommended pack size to weed:
Boveda 4 gram: 7-14 grams of medicine.
Boveda 8 gram: 14-28 grams of medicine.
Edit: When you are looking online you might see they are available in various humidity levels (for different stuff) and 62% is used for weed.
I wish 3.5g could last me a month, but usually gone in 2 days.
On Amazon, buy a bag of boveda brand humidity control. You can use the same one over and over for a couple of months.
Pour vrai perds pas ton temps et commandes toi des pads de contrôle/maintien d'humidité. Perso j'utilise les Boveda (y'a d'autres marques qui doivent faire la job aussi) que j'commande sur Amazon. Une 20aine$$ pour un pack de 10 pads de 8gram à 62% humidité.
La recette est simple:
Pot masson + 1 pad boveda + ton weed.
Criss toute dans le pot masson
Fermes le pot masson
Range le pot masson dans un endroit sombre qui fait pas 35 degrés
Boveda Humidipak 8 Gram (Medium) 10 Pack 2-Way Humidity Control 62% RH https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00JV27MF4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Hss9Db1K07JQR
Bonne journée les chums!
Hahaha I totally understand!!! Glad to help! And don’t risk poisoning yourself with those packs! Never heard it was food-grade safe, use these! Worth every penny.
It’s oxidation and gunk. Material from the frets mixed with sweat, oil and dead skin.
The good news is that you can make your fretboard and frets look and feel brand new with two supplies:
Micro Polishing cloths:
You use the cloths to remove the gunk from your frets until they shine and then you use the lemon oil to clean the entire fretboard.
You should do this a few times per year before installing new strings to keep your fretboard in great shape.
Looks dry to me. You can try this on it. I have this and put it on my rosewood fretboard guitars.
Lemon Oil - https://www.amazon.com/Jim-Dunlop-6554-Ultimate-Lemon/dp/B0002OOMW6
Y'all motherfuckers snitched. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00JV27MF4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I was buying these for 12$ 6 months ago and now they are 30 on amazon.
By the by, they are the best thing ever. Anyone who doesnt use them gets instantly converted when they see how fresh your weed is. Try and order them online, head shops are rip off for them.
I wouldn't base your LP choice on this at all since they cost $1.20 each on Amazon and last quite a while.
se quer controlar a humidade tenta usar packs de humidade tipo boveda ou se tiver algum humidificador ou desumidificador
You should really get some hygrometers to see what they're at. And throw your flowers into a glass jar with one and some type of hydration method if they're not at the right humidity.
Boveda Packs, Boost Packs, Humidity Stone, etc.
Bringing your flower up to the right humidity is probably the most important step for best results.
try humidifying the guitar and see if that resolves it. changing seasons can make the top shrink (usually in winter) or expand (summer).
You could wipe them down daily with GHS fast fret. It's a little expensive on Amazon so I'd recommend going to a store to pick it up. It helps clean the guitar strings and keeps them fresher longer. I've read online that the liquid in there is just wood/mineral oil so I've been reusing the applicator with that liquid and haven't noticed any difference.
Yeah it saves me when i'm out of fresh weed leaf/bud . Not sure about headshops selling it but i got mine from amazon https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00JV27MF4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Yes you can, just pack them in an airtight bag and in a sturdy box, make sure they don't "rattle around" and put one of these in the bag: https://www.amazon.com/Boveda-65-Percentage-Individually-Wrapped-Humidity/dp/B00FWPQ8WC/ref=sr_1_8_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1530903447&sr=8-8&keywords=boveda+65%25&dpID=41NwaU2V61L&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
And yeah, you can get them online, I'm in Northern Europe tho, so I'm not too familiar with overseas sellers, but this subreddit has a decent list of good sellers and coupon codes for them here: https://www.reddit.com/r/cigars/wiki/deals
I'm sure most if not all of these sellers also sell Boveda packs like the Amazon link.
Best seller. Curing helps potency a ton, bag appeal, flavors, smells, https://www.amazon.com/Boveda-62-Percent-2-Way-Humidity-Control/dp/B00JV27MF4/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=humidity+packs&qid=1599068199&sprefix=humidity&sr=8-3
It looks like it's just oil then, according to the site. Just like the "lemon oil" situation, it's really counterintuitive and confusing to name something what it's not lol. That looks like it would work just fine, probably on par with F-One Oil
I buy a 10 pack on amazon for like $15 and they last a solid month per oz, each one is good for 1 oz
Boveda 8g 2-Way Humidity 62% (10/Pack) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JV27MF4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_zlELEbHG82A5B
I always wash my hands before playing, I clean my strings also before playing with a microfibre cloth, I use that same cloth to wipe off sweat and general dead skin and things.
I also use a tin of fast fret to keep my strings slick and clean and to lubricate them.
What brand are you using, I personally always use Ernie Ball super slinkies.
Fast Fret Link
Boveda 62%, 8-gram size is typically what is recommended. I've used them and they helped a lot. They didn't quite get mine all the way flat so I have some 65% and 69% coming that will hopefully finish the job.
If your foils are cupped (concave while sitting face-up on a table) you need less moisture, and might need to go with a 58% or 49% to get them flat before storing with the 62%.
Advice for ya!
Keep it in its case when you aren't playing. And pick up a humidifier for it. I use a d'addario one, it's cheap and works great.
Or! You can use humipacks. They're a bit more pricy but, they last 3-6 months depending on conditions.
Might be a good idea to get a set up done on it every few months too as seasons change, especially in its warranty stage.
Welcome to the Martin club! I joined 5 months ago and I'm very happy with my purchase.
The lack of humidity while its super cold can really mess up a guitar. One of these $7 humidifiers can really help.
D'Addario Acoustic Guitar Humidifier https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002D0COE/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_NT80MR0XSQX8HT16KQ7W?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
So this sort of curling (where the back is concave and the front is convex) is because the card was produced in an environment that was more humid than the one you are in. The opposite, where the environment it was produced in is less humid.
Some people have had good success with the kinds of humidity packs that are used for Cigars. I've heard 62% be the magic number used by some: https://www.amazon.com/Boveda-62-Percent-2-Way-Humidity-Control/dp/B00JV27MF4?th=1
Or find whatever your preferred brand is. Make sure to read the instructions carefully incase you have (for example) a maple fingerboard.
You either want the room you keep it in to be 45-55% humidity or you can keep it in a hard case with either these pouches they sell or a reusable sponge kit that doesn't drip.
I think they make restorative packs too for really dried out gits, but I haven't tried them. Others or a local shop more have more experience with that.
A lot of the fret board woods are dyed, so the die can come off. I would just oil it and avoid cleaning it with water. I use a "lemon" oil cleaner from dunlop I bought for like 5 bucks. I smear it into the fretboard, let it soak in for a while, and then rub off the excess with a shammy and any buildup on my fret board usually comes right off. I wash my hands religiosly before and after I play. Before so that I can keep my fretboard clean, and after so I dont accidentally ingest any of the lemon oil and get diarrhea. Most lemon oils are not actually lemon oil, but in my experience they are mostly the same. They do the job. Oiling your fretboard will darken it, maybe not as dark as it was or as you would hope, but it keeps the wood protected. As far as dying it, cant really help you there, I wouldnt bother myself. One of my guitars I noticed after some sweaty practice sessions that the dye on the fretboard was coming onto my fingers, but it was a pretty new guitar, hasnt happened for a very long time. Also want to point out that a lot of rosewood fretboards arent actually rosewood, people just call it that but there are many types of cheaper alternatives to rosewood that many manufacturers use, like pau ferro, which is just a lot lighter brown color than rosewood. I ordered an ltd with a pau ferro fretboard and was disapointed because it was nearly black in the stock pictures, like rosewood or ebony is, but when it arrived its very light brown. A lot of ebony is dyed and I imagine you can really ruin it if you were to scrub at your fretboard. So yea, get some lemon oil, I use this stuff
Understood. So whichever one I have, just use one of those small packets + like a Ziploc or some other airtight container and that's it? Nothing else needed like some napkin around the card or paper. For the N curve, those small cigar packets on Amazon are what was being recommended earlier right? These basically
Pa que queris evertune?
Tiene sentido pa musicos que viajan harto, onda de Arizona a Florida o de Santiago a Sao Paulo, el cambio de humedad te manda a la mierda la afinacion. Varios wnes dicen eso, como Devin Townsend y creo que Ola tambien decia lo mismo.
El compromiso es que tenis un mecanismo que mantene0, cambiar calibre de cuerdas se hace un cacho. El mecanimo es parecido a un Floyd Rose, y mas encima tenis que balancear cada cuerda. Tambien dependiendo de como tengas setado el Everune va a cambiar el feeling de los bends y vibrato. Cacha esta video
Si tienes problemas de afinacion, upgradea a locking tuners y aplica lubricacion en el cejillo. Nut Sauce es mu weno.
Boveda packs £1 a pop and last forever. Used to keep cigars at set humidity levels.
These are good for anything up to an oz
Which Music Nomad pack?
Any humidity pack is intended to go in the guitar case, I use the D'Addario/Planet Waves bags with Boveda refills every 6-9 months.
Being out of the case for a few hours at a time isn't going to be an issue when its in the case with proper humidity 90% of the time.
I use Boveda 62, size 8 (size 8 is good for 28g/1oz). Ideal humidity for bud is 62, you can find Boveda packs in just about any smoke shop and they have them on Amazon as well. (I ordered the ones in the picture here)
“I’m certain there is a proper amount of humidity the flower should be at for best results…” which make THESE a worthwhile investment.
They are just slightly too big for the new Khiron rubs, but you can squeeze them in and in a few hours the bud tastes a lot better.
Start plucking with your index finger, and try to use your middlefinger too. And when your plucking fingers is starting to hurt and you wanna keep playing, try to use a pick.
GHS fast fret is great to use before and after playing.
Not EXACTLY what you mean, but for everyone reading. Might be a good stocking filler. Or last minute gift for yourself:
Can get em on Amazon cheap. They come in dif sizes
Boveda 62% Humidor Packets - 2 Way Humidity Control Packs - Size 8 - 10 Count Resealable Bag - Cigar Humidor Accessories - Bulk Humidity Packs - Relative Humidity Packs - Humidor Packet https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JV27MF4/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_74E3JK0ZRKVW21WRVV4F?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Boveda 62% Humidor Packets - 2 Way Humidity Control Packs - Size 8 - 10 Count Resealable Bag - Cigar Humidor Accessories - Bulk Humidity Packs - Relative Humidity Packs - Humidor Packet https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JV27MF4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_5Q1GE0HQT2QDJ27K6YK2
1 min pre heat and about 3:00 for the press.
I got 21% from frankencake T1 that was pressed for 4 mins using a 160u at 190f.
I'm also using Boveda packs 62% size 8 and I make sure they get about a week with the packs before I press them.
Please note, private sales of tobacco are forbidden via reddit's ToS. So arranging a sale via this subreddit isn't possible.
1) The USA has an embargo against Cuban products, including cigars, so cuban cigars can't be imported legally there. Both Cuba and the USA manufacture cigars under the Romeo Y Julieta brand, the box you have is cuban and it looks like it was actually bought in cuba based on the MINSAP sticker.
2) Cigars need to be stored at a correct humidity, around 65%, otherwise they dry out, those in aluminium tubes will keep longer and better outside of a humidor but they are not completely air tight. If you're trying to sell them, their condition will matter to the buyer. Your best bet is to buy a boveda pack from amazon
Take the cigars out of their tubes, put them into a clean airtight tupperware container with the boveda pack inside, leave them for a few months. This will get them back up to their correct humidity. They can incidentally be stored indefinitely like this.
It started of pretty light, but oiling it a couple times got it a little darker. This is what I use.
You might want to look at Boveda packs. They make small ones that would work for you. Boveda 62% RH 2-Way Humidity Control | Size 8 in 10-Count Resealable Bag https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00JV27MF4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_K5QX75TE7A3C95DK6Y2M
Yea, that should be fine, just make sure the jars (if clear and not special dark UV) are kept in the dark and a stable temp area (65-70F, although colder is fine as my basement hits about 55-60 in the winter, just so long as you don't have huge quick temperature flucts)
They also make special packets (some people like them, I had no need due to my location) but makes curing less hands on, but I honestly enjoying burping cause you get that nice smell.
Also i use these if the weed is too dry i like to keep it between 58rh and 62rh
Boveda 62% RH 2-Way Humidity Control | Size 8 in 10-Count Resealable Bag https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JV27MF4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apan_glt_fabc_59RB8DHMXMCS20M1VDNT
And these are the mini hygrometers i use in the jar
Limited-time deal: 12 Pack Mini Small Digital Electronic Temperature Humidity Meters Gauge Indoor Thermometer Hygrometer LCD Display Fahrenheit (℉) for Humidors, Greenhouse, Garden, Cellar https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MCGDN5C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apan_glt_fabc_dl_W25B9EDNQ680ZHXTR4JC
Can i use big bends guitar nut sauce as lube? If so any recommended guide on how to do that? If not which one is generally recommended?sause
I like F-One fretboard conditioner. It both cleans and conditions without being sticky or overly oily. I haven't noticed an odor (it does have a very faint furniture polish like odor) after application, and it lasts for several months.
I've also used lemon oil in the past, and while some have really strong opinions about it, it's been fine for me. But since F-One is cheap, and a bottle of it will last you for years and years, I've been using it, and now prefer it over lemon oil.
Hope that helps!
What material would you suggest I use to clean dirt off the fretboard? Also is this the Dunlop cleaning set you're talking about?
Just drop one of these into the airtight jar you store your bud in. Depending on how dry your flower is it could take anywhere between a day to a week to get the humidity right. https://www.amazon.com/Boveda-62-Percent-2-Way-Humidity-Control/dp/B00JV27MF4
It's not just an open bowl, it has a lid. I've never had any issues with it drying out too much before I go through it. I do keep a Boveda pack in there too, to help control the humidity level.
I've used this stuff for 15 years. Works wonders for killing string noise from slides etc in the studio too.
Music Nomad makes a fretboard conditioner that can be used on rosewood, ebony, and maple. Here’s its Amazon link
I use this on all my guitars and it cuts down on string noise drastically when sliding to new positions. It's a life saver in my studio, especially when tracking acoustic guitars.
I recommend the 9.6 cup Rubbermaid Brilliance and 2x 60g 65%rH Boveda humidity packs. This will hold in the neighborhood of 30 smokes depending on sizes. It is a far simpler and more reliable method to store a few smokes and should come in aprox. $25 US. Amazon has the packs for $5.99 each and the container for $12.99.
You can get good stuff cheap on Amazon. Actual lemon juice (which is NOT the same thing as so-called "lemon oil" that's made specifically for fretboards) can ruin your guitar's fretboard. Don't risk your instrument just to save a few pennies, seriously. Many things on a guitar can be replaced, the fretboard isn't really one of them.
I prefer the 2-way packs and keep the recommended set of three in each of my acoustic cases.
I see you are saying "case" and "bag". Which is it? Inexpensive storage might be part of the problem - also how are you measuring humidity?
A humidifier for when the guitar is out of the bag would be a room/whole home humidifier and would require installation work or continued maintenance (emptying the bucket in the summer, filling the bucket in the winter).
So i recently got a Martin Dreadnought Junior. It is my first solid wood guitar and I know that I have to keep the humidity between 45-55%. I got a humidifier that I put between the strings when i put it inside the case, but i’ve noticed that even after staying in the case for the whole night, it only gets to about 40-42% humidity. Why is this? The room my guitar is in is at a 50% humidity level, should I just leave it out of the case?
This is the humidifier i got: https://www.amazon.ca/Planet-Waves-Acoustic-Guitar-Humidifier/dp/B0002D0COE/ref=asc_df_B0002D0COE/?tag=googleshopc0c-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=293020093409&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13713459174206591621&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hv...
I would also appreciate some recommendation for humidifiers that work when the guitar is out of the bag.
This is really common with ebony. I blame it on mass-produced guitar companies not giving wood long enough to sit and dry before turning it from a tree into a guitar. This is a particularly gnarly case: the wood has dried and shrunk resulting in the cracking. See how the edge of the fretboard and the fret ends kind of waves up and down? I'm willing to bet you have some fret ends sticking out as well.
There are different levels of how to fix this: the "right" way is bring the guitar up to a stable humidity, remove all the frets, fill in the cracks with watered down CA glue + ebony dust, re-sand the fretboard face, re-fret. That's practically a $400 job, in my opinion. "Worth" is up to you, but to make them invisible again, it is gonna take some work.
If you're trying to save some money, first keep the guitar in a environment with a higher and -stable- humidity. 40-50% is a fine place, but in my experience, it matters more than it doesn't fluctuate. A case helps with this. Second, oil the fretboard. This is what I use, here's another option. Don't use lemon oil. Normally you take oil off relatively quickly, but spend a day putting it on a few times and letting it soak a bit over the course of the day, preferably in a case. That may be heresy to some people, but I've had that work in re-hydrating a fretboard like this and closing up cracks like this a bit. Over time if you regularly oil your fretboard (perhaps once a month), they should hopefully close up more and be less visible. Stable humidity + a hydrated fretboard will help a lot and is the cheapest option.
As everyone else said a mason jar with a 62% boveda pack. you can find a single mason jar that can store about an oz of weed (32 oz jar) at a dollar tree for about 5$, and the boveda packs can be bought here, try to keep the weed in the dark for the most part. This is pretty much how you also keep weed for longer.
When you say “real” how much? Honestly, it doesn’t matter - humidify it. It’s wood and glued and if it gets really dry bracing will debond, neck will change shape, bridge will lift. It’s not a sales scam - it’s science. I just spent $600 repairing bracing and a bridge on a guitar that dried out. We have forced hot air and I started keeping one acoustic in the house (had always been in the more humid basement). Don’t make the same costly mistake I did.
D'Addario Humidipak Automatic Humidity Control System (for guitar) - PW-HPK-01 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000OMG0KI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_U789FbF23NE4P?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
It should work. It is basically a sponge, so you don’t want the sponge so over-saturated that it can drip, but otherwise it is fine. Oasis make similar humidifiers for guitars that will set in the sound hole between the strings, so they don’t bounce around in your case. You also need a hygrometer so you know if you need to humidify or not. A good rule of thumb is to use the humidifier whenever the furnace is on, but a hygrometer will let you know for sure. Also, keep the case closed whether the guitar is in it or not. The case is made of wood, which absorbs moisture, so your guitar can last several days without a humidifier as long as the case is closed, just from the moisture in the case. The humidifier keeps the case from drying out, so is a better solution.
Does Amazon deliver there? If so, order this guy, and if your stogies arrive before this does, put them in the aforementioned heavy-duty freezer bag:
I've been using F-one oil for a couple years. It's a blend of cleaner and oil and safe to use more frequently than most other oils.
Pro tip: Use an old toothbrush with soft bristles to clean the fretboard. The toothbrush trick worked WONDERS on my maple boards when elbow grease and microfiber cloths weren't enough.
I've also use the synthetic 3M 0000 steel wool. Non abrasive to fretboards and also pretty inexpensive but that toothbrush is still my go-to.
I like this:
Any quality lemon oil will do a good job though. I use it several times a year to keep my rosewood fretboards clean.
You can also buy this to wipe down your strings after you’re done playing:
i use one of these: https://www.amazon.ca/Planet-Waves-Acoustic-Guitar-Humidifier/dp/B0002D0COE/
just re-soak the sponge regularly.. which in calgary is like.. constantly.. never needed the pro version, but actually, if i was in calgary at the time i got this i would have got the pro for the better sponge
I bought them on Amazon because of the shipping cost but you can get them on their official website.
I use the 62% and not the 58% because I can always dry my weed easily if I want - which isn't needed anyway because 62% is just right. The 8 gram pack is a good size, fits anything from 1/8th to an ounce so exactly my need.
Just as cheap as anywhere else I've found online when you factor in shipping. (free on amazon if you order 35$+)
Ignore the bullies!
Usually it’s best bet to always keep your guitar in it’s hard case with a humidifier regardless of city you live in ((article here explains a bit why it’s important) - the most popular one is the Daddario soundhole humidifier for $5 on Amazon.
I’ve found this was a bit annoying to remember to keep checking/making wet, so I’m exploring the option to just humidify my whole room as listed in the article to keep my guitar on its stand without issues.
Definitely, it's an important phase. But I wouldn't say that it can ruin everything, maybe if you don't do your homeworkk you can get mold though.
Here's something that I've ssen using on youtube! https://www.amazon.com/Boveda-62-Percent-2-Way-Humidity-Control/dp/B00JV27MF4/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=boveda+62&qid=1599660098&sr=8-5 It helps with the fragrance of your weed
You can get them here: Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JV27MF4/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_RE8oFbJ4CGF46
It's just a RH packet, once you get to a stable RH you can toss one in. I went about 9 days of drying before I added one at like 59%. Ill keep it in the jar for the lifespan of the weed. Biggest issue is people add them to early and you can get to much humidity and then mold.
You mean boveda packs? https://www.amazon.com/Boveda-62-Percent-2-Way-Humidity-Control/dp/B00JV27MF4?ref_=ast_sto_dp
I put my bud in a mason jar with a Boveda pack.
I generally buy 15g at a time. It lasts me a couple months and the bud is still fresh right down to the last nugget.
Amazon Boveda Packs
I use them too. They are amazing.
Boveda 62 Humidity Packs
The bud should pretty much break off the stem by hand before you jar. Throw in a boveda pack and a hygrometer and monitor them to make sure you're no higher than 62% humidity. No need to burp. Just make sure to keep an eye on the humidity. I lost 20g to bud rot while curing even though I had a boveda pack in the jar because my humidity was a little too high, and my bud was in too large of nug that it couldn't get any airflow. I also didn't have a hygrometer in that jar. You can take the meters out after the humidity stabilizes in the jar and be fine too.
Also drop one of these in with it & your shit will stay fresh & continue to cure. Nake sure you use the 62% ones.
They can help with that too, but they can also be helpful when there is too much humidity since the packets are a 2 way humidity control.
I haven’t used them either, but they seem to get really great reviews from other growers as well!
I use these for my 3 acoustic guitars (Taylor 814ce, Guild Prestige Classic, some random 20yr old Ibanez): https://www.amazon.com/DAddario-Humidipak-Two-Way-Humidification-System/dp/B000OMG0KI
I went this route because this is what Taylor recommended. FWIW my Uncle has a D-28 and uses the same thing.
You might that this works a lot better than pencil graphite. NOT that there is anything wrong with that, but sometimes you just need something more.
Try fretboard oil to clean and condition the rosewood. The oil is up to you - I personally use bore oil, but F one (https://www.amazon.com/Music-Nomad-MN105-Fretboard-Conditioner/dp/B006WPGZAG) is really good too. Also get some 0000 grit steel wool and polish your frets. Its really easy and simple tp do just remember to tape off your pickups. All in all should be a 45 min job but makes a world of difference!
I've used this stuff on two guitars, a ukulele, and a mandolin and have no complaints.
I look at the fingerboard whenever I change the strings and if it looks dry I put a little bit on. You should get a small microfiber cloth to apply/wipe off the oil.
Hello /u/epitome59. Welcome to the sub.
Seasoning a desktop humidor takes time, up to two weeks. So first thing is to be patient. Having it at 60 after 2 days is not bad.
To help the process, get some distilled water. Dip your finger in it and run it along the seal of the lid. The lid is the most common spot for a leak. As the water is absorbed, it will slightly swell the lid and better seal it.
Is the humidor a glasstop model? If so, there might be gaps between the glass and the wood which could also cause the humidity to leak out. To fix this, get some aquarium sealant or low/no odor caulk and put a bead of it around the glass on the inside of the humidor. This will prevent any current and future leaks.
You are correct to leave the cigars out of the humidor until it is properly seasoned. If you haven't already, place the cigars in a ziplock bag. It would be best to get a Boveda Pack to place in the zip lock.
Once seasoned, humidity between 65-70 is best. 75% is too high and could lead to mold. The preferred humidification method is Boveda Packs as they are very low maintenance.
I think I got all of your questions, let me know if I missed anything or if you have any followup questions.
Dunlop 65 is probably the most used and most recommended one.
It has a nice, non-overpowering lemony smell to boot (the smell dissipates quickly, if you're worried about that). I use this and I'm quite happy at the aesthetic "refresh" it gives my neck during a string change.
Dunlop also gives you more product for the $$$ than other brands as well. So win/win. The bottle should last you a LONG time!
Humidifier? As long as you have a case to store your guitar in you can get a humidifier that fits in the soundhole for around $20. Saves you from needing to humidify a whole room. This is the one I use but you need to replace the gel packs every few months. There are other's that you wet a sponge with water, but I'd be nervous about that accidentally leaking inside.
Boveda 62% 2-way-humidity-control is specifically designed to cure marijuana. I use these in conjunction with a small hygrometer.
they also have stock of the 4g packs in 58 and 62 as well and it's not too, too outrageously priced.
Honestly, there isn't much.
You're gonna be better off adding some more storage.
Buy a Boveda
And a lock n lock
(or get a much bigger one)
A boveda in one of those will pretty much last for a couple years and the only limit to how much you can store is the size of the lock n lock (there are bigger 12l ones which I use)
62% is perfect, get the 8 gram ones. They're bigger than you'd think. The next size up is way too big for most mason jars IMO.
I bought that one ^ then I got paks for future grows too, but you can buy single ones as well, cheaper.
What I've seen are Bovida packs. They regulate the humidity, and that's really important to a good cure and long term storage. IIRC, the buds need O2 for the cure to take place, that's why the jars need to be opened every day.
Yeah, mold is deadly. There's sadly no way to save it - I used to suggest making edibles out of it, but another ent linked to a paper that showed how the mold can ruin you even after you cook and eat it.
Mold happens when weed is too damp, usually a result of improper curing. Storing it at the correct humidity is the best way to prevent it. A glass jar with a humidity pack in it (they will suck up excess humidity, and release water when the humidity is too low) is probably the best approach. I use these:
There are lots of products out there for cleaning your strings. Maybe try a few out next time you're at the checkout counter of your local music store and see if any work for you.
Most are a lot more expensive than a simple microfiber cloth and a few drops of Ax Wax so that'd be my first suggestion and the only one I could really recommend from personal experience.
These days I don't use anything like this because I'm changing strings so often it isn't an issue.
What about Bovida in jars:
Does anyone know if this is an ok method? How often should they be burped, and should it be a dry trim if using Bovida?
61% is fine, lots of people on here use the 62% humidity packs to cure including myself. I would look those up if you're interested in making it easier.
I've kind of been waiting for this question to pop up...
For hands? Wash hands in cold water with dish soap. Dry with paper towels.
For sticky cord? This stuff, Fast-Fret. On a whim I tried some on one of my crappy DIY rigs and I'll be damned if it didn't work great.
It's mineral oil and wax concotion meant to make sliding your hand and fingers over a guitars (banjo in my case) strings and frets. It works really good for breaking in new cord and keeping it slick and somewhat clean.
It comes with a felt-like applicator that only puts on a very small amount of Fast-Fret at a time, making it really easy to control how slick you want it to be. The applicator also cleans the cord a bit while you're lubin'.
My two cents.
I bought the Seymour Duncan guitar polishing kit and it had a very high grit (8000 grit) cloth that was meant for the frets. I recommend the kit because it keeps everything together, and a little bit of maintenance like this absolutely changes the way the guitar feels.
With regard to your other metal pieces, using the vinegar method turned my affinity squire into a completely difference instrument. A clean guitar is a happy guitar! Otherwise, always a pleasure to help out a fellow epi sg player!
is the best place to get Boveda packs. 10x 8g 62% RH for $12.00.
Hey, just stumbled on this old thread, but if you're having issues still I'd take a look at Big Bends Nut Sauce! A little on both your bridge and nut should help with tuning stability.
The solution kills two birds with one stone. It humidifies and it contains an anti molding agent. The distilled water will just humidify. For a short term solution the water is fine. But always check your cigars for mold growth. Don't smoke mold.
The boveda packs will also help reduce your chances for mold and will be cheap at your local smoke shop or on amazon The boveda packs in the xikar travel humidor will last a very very long time.
You can get one like this for each guitar. It will still help in a nylon soft case for sure.
I've been using Axe Wax for years now and it works well, though it isn't really a wax; more of an oil. Just a dot of it on any surface then polish to until it doesn't feel greasy. It takes a lot of polishing to get to that point, especially if you use too much, but other than that it's a fine product.
You can grab some guitar polish pretty cheap online. If that doesn't work, head over to the dollar store and pick up some wood cleaner. If that is still out of your price range, just take a cloth and a little bit of water. Don't use Windex, surface cleaner, or any other harsh household cleaning supplies!
When I'm cleaning my guitar, I mostly just use polish. However for a well used fret board and neck, I'll use a little bit of Goof-Off to get rid of the crud (which will dry out the neck), then use some Dr. Ducks (to counteract the dryness).
Everybody does something different, but this has worked well for me.