Thought I'd resurrect this earlier thread with a query I also posted on the Collings board.
For the last couple of months, my Collings OM has sounded, in comparison to the usual, like *^**! I initially put it down to some John Pearse strings I tried, which, while Ok for a few days, went deader than a dead thing very quickly. However, new strings haven't improved things and I haven't been playing it as much as a result, so my Avalon has been getting 80-90% of my attention. Then, the thought struck me when looking at a weather forecast online: could it be the horrendous amounts of humidity we've been experiencing all summer?
I have to admit to being new to the special issues relating to acoustics and am a beginner when it comes to humidity. Over the winter, low levels of humidity seemed to affect the Collings and regular use of one of those Planet Waves sponge humidifiers worked wonders, but I am now beginning to think the inverse has now happened. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but the action seems, for want of a better word, "wrong" - the guitar seems more difficult to play and doesn't sound as sweet as it did. Incidentally, my Avalon (also sitka/rosewood) doesn't seem affected at all. I don't want to mess with the action if at all possible as, after a 1/4 turn tweak following an increase in string gauge, I had it just right at the start of the summer. Am I right in assuming the action will go back itself to where it was at the end of the summer if I just wait? One thought which did occur was that the Collings lives upstairs and the Avalon downstairs, though both cases are kept on inside walls, away from direct sunlight. In the course of a day, heat rises and gets trapped upstairs, so...???
Was just wondering if any other UK players are having similar experiences, especially thsi summer, and as a general shout-out to everyone, what do you recommend as a quick (if at all possible, cheap!!) fix?