My buddy just received his new Les Paul from Sweetwater. I asked him to give me a review and he said he needed to let it acclimate for 24 hours first. Keep in mind, he’s mainly an acoustic picker and has several high dollar acoustics.
I know about letting the guitar stay in it’s case for about 10 minutes when bringing it inside and I’ve even heard about the 24 hour acclimate thing with acoustics, but is the 24 hour period nessessary with new Les Pauls?
If it’s a nitrocellulose finish you can get finish checking if a cold guitar’s brought up to room temp too quickly. Acoustic or electric—doesn’t matter, though acoustics are particuarly subject to checking.. If it’s a polyurethane finish I don’t think checking is an issue. We have cold winters here, so generally if I get a guitar delivered during the winter months I’ll let it come up to room temp gradually, although 24 hours seems a little excessive. I generally go overnight, or until the outside surface of the case no longer feels cold. In the warmer months, no need to wait—open her up and plug her in.
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Post by runninwiththerevil (Matthew) on Mar 24, 2019 18:27:11 GMT -7
I'm going to have a forced 24 hour plus. I'm traveling this week and my guitar will be here a couple days before I'm back. Looking really forward to the conference I'm going to be gone for, but it's killing me to think my new guitar will just be sitting back at home, all lonely in a box! Ha.
During winter and after cold transport it is a must with nitro and poly finishes to allow to slowly acclimate. I have an older Ric I purchased new that I was a little too anxious to open. It did cause checking.
I only do this with acoustics in the winter, since I've seen my buddies acoustic crack and it was a sad time. I've never had a problem with electrics though. Poly won't check but if it's a bolt neck I'd let it warm up just so the neck can expand back correctly in the pocket, not sure if that's a real issue but it seems plausible. I've owned many nitro finished guitars and only ever had one check on me, but that wasn't from shipping.
I left my first Les Paul in my car when I was in high school and, like any good Oklahoma weather happens, we had a surprise ice storm overnight and I couldn't get to my truck to get the guitar out since it was parked down the hill a little (if I went to it I'd get stuck at the bottom of the hill with no traction to get back up) so I finally got to it a day later and I brought it in and immediately took it out and started playing, and then I heard the cracking and looked down and it was all checked up. Sucks, but I guess it was gonna check sometime or another.
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