Topic: Looking for points of view
There was a topic started about humidifiers and after my reply the string just stopped. Yet I was very curious about how others felt about it. We seem to live in a world where manufactuers create needs for us and sell us the idea that their product is a life saver that we cannot live without or the world will end , our hair will fall out, our guitar will turn to dust, pigs will fly....well you get the point. so here is a copy of my reply. I would love to hear from others on this point.
<font color="red">O.K. so here's the deal as an "old timer" sees it. I play a Norman B20 with a spruce top and cherry sides and back. I have owned this guitar for 15 years.I try to practice about an hour a day,so it does get plenty of playing. I keep it in a solid case with a little silica bag to absorbe moisture. I clean my strings and fingerboard with "Fast Fret", I pass a dry rag on it to dust it off every so often. And that's it! My guitar keeps sounding better as the years pass. It is ageing just as I like.
My concern is this. I am fairly new to this site.... I really love this site and the interaction with other musicians.... but I can't help feeling that many people are spending so much time fretting ( pun intended ) over all the latest equipment that <b>manufactuers</b> are telling us that we need. Unless you live in a very dry or extreemly humid enviroment I do not see the need for such a gadget. Also if you do live in such an enviroment wouldn't your home already have either a humidifier or dehumidifier. Doesn't your guitar share the same enviroment? I live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Our tempuratures vary from +30 and very humid in the summers to -30 and very dry in the winters.I have never felt a need to worry about my guitar.
So are all these gadgets nessesary or are we products of our <b>commercial enviroment</b>?</font>