Well, now that it is the end of May, I think it is safe to say that spring has arrived in Minnesota. In fact, it looks like we are well on our way to summer! Now that our furnaces are turned off for the season, the humidity levels will rise in our homes. Our guitars will acclimate themselves to the higher humidity by soaking up some of that moisture. So, if you find that your guitar has some extra buzzes around the fretboard, it is probably because the neck has swollen a little and lost some (or all!) of it’s relief. Basically, your strings are closer to your frets. Sometimes the only cure you need is to loosen your truss rod a bit, allowing the string tension to pull some relief back into the neck.
With an acoustic guitar, where the whole guitar will swell with moisture, the action may get higher in the spring/summer. The solution here is not a truss rod adjustment, but a lower saddle. It is not uncommon to have to have two saddles for the same guitar: one for summer and one for winter.
Tree Strings can help you out with any of these issues, big or small. Get in contact with me if you need help with any of your seasonal guitar adjustments.
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