Wood movement perspectives May 24, 2020 10:46:26 GMT -5
Post by funkykikuchiyo on May 24, 2020 10:46:26 GMT -5
The last time I spoke up about RH, seasoning, and wood movement the thread got locked so maybe I'm poking the bear on this, but it really needn't be a controversial issue, and people seemed interested before so I'll give it a shot. Mods, toss the thread if it is a problem. I hope it isn't (for the love of humanity), but if it is, I get it.
A video popped up on my YouTube feed. It is a beginner/intermediate level woodworking video about dealing with humidity. I'll let it speak for itself, but two things to keep in mind are A) the work arounds for wood movement provided here just aren't ever options for guitars*; your acoustic guitar top can't be a non-glued floating panel inside a frame. That would be a terrible sounding guitar. And, B) the idea that wood can ever reach a point of permanent stasis, through milling, curing, finishing, aging, crystal charging, "making 'em like they used to", is just a myth, and it is a myth that perpetuates much stronger in the musical instrument world than the general woodworking world. It isn't a hot take, it isn't marketing, it isn't trying to pass off inferior craftsmanship or components as adequate, it is just a matter of material science, and something mankind has known since before the bronze age.
*(some things do actually exist - a classic archtop guitar or mandolin can safely move with the humidity more because of the arch**, it behaves like a strut and has more movement before structural damage happens, and the near-ubiquitous thumbwheels on the bridges are there to allow occasional easy adjustments by the player to account for seasonal movements without swapping or refitting components.)
**(if you have a high end solid top archtop, you should still keep an eye on the humidity. That &$#! is expensive. Don't mess it up.)