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Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier

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The Kyser Lifeguard Humidifier goes right in your dreadnought acoustic guitar soundhole to provide free convection and uniform humidity distribution ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Kyser Lifeguard Humidifier goes right in your dreadnought acoustic guitar soundhole to provide free convection and uniform humidity distribution for your guitar. Proper humidity protects guitar wood from damage due to excessively dry climate conditions. Fits both 6- and 12-string guitars.


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KyserLifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier
 
4.2

(based on 25 reviews)

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79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (11)
  • Functional (10)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (4)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Easy to use and it works

This humidifier does what it is supposed to do. I own several humidifiers of different brands,I would say that they all do what they are supposed to do but, in a pinch this...Read complete review

This humidifier does what it is supposed to do. I own several humidifiers of different brands,I would say that they all do what they are supposed to do but, in a pinch this can be used as a soundhole plug also. The best soundhole plug by far is the Lute Hole. I have even made a few humidifiers that work very well, not real pretty but none the less they work. No matter what you use to humidify your instrument just do it, it's worth the effort to prevent damage. A hygometer is also a wothwhile investment I switch mine from instrument to instrument periodicly just to check the humidity levels in the case. In most cases the area that supports the neck creates an air dam between the neck and body and you really should use 2 humidifiers one in the headstock neck area and one in or very close to the soundhole area. Be very careful not to over humidify this can be as bad as not enough humidity. Just pay attention and check your instruments periodicly especially in dry weather times, use a hygrometer and, by far the best protection for your instrument is to keep it in the case when not in use.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I thought this was going to work well?

I bought this Kyser soundhole humidifier thinking that it was going to work well and save my acoustic from the 30% humidity in my house. Well, I was wrong. I did manage to...Read complete review

I bought this Kyser soundhole humidifier thinking that it was going to work well and save my acoustic from the 30% humidity in my house. Well, I was wrong. I did manage to take off the plastic ring that is of no value, but after two days of the humidifier in the guitar, I noticed water buildup on the top of the soundhole where the sides of the humidifier rests on the body. I wrung out the humidifier and tried again. Less than 5 hours later, the water was back. I now keep that humidifier in its plastic covering with the instructions awaiting return and have since been using a more efficient room humidifier and bought an Oasis Blue humidifier instead (Highly Recommended as better alternative)...Now I don't worry over the relative humidity in my house anymore. Be advised and watch out for this problem with the Kyser soundhole humidifier. I think any others, like the Planet Waves would work better too.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simple and Effective

By Jeff H

from Lancaster, PA

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Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

I have one of these for my Martin, my Taylor and my hand made classical. It is very simple to use if you use it correctly.First, take the dumb plastic ring off and throw it away. When you fill it, make sure you squeeze out ALL of the excess water and use a towel to dry the outside and the space in between the two side wings that will touch the soundhole. Only insert one of the wings on a dread sized guitar. If you buy the small one for a classical, both sides fit easily.I live in Central PA and I refresh the sponge about once each week in the winter. On very cold and dry weeks, I will also put a Planet Waves small instrument humidifier by the headstock to keep the neck properly humidified.The advantage of the Kyser is that you can use tap water. The Planet Waves requires distilled water.I have never had condensation buildup nor damage to the top. It installs very easily. My luthier recommended it and now some of my friends have switched over to the Kyser as well.It would get a 5 star rating if they ditched the dumb plastic ring.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent humidifier if used correctly!

By Christian Songwriter

from Pennsylvania

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Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

I use these in my guitars and have not experienced any problems. Make sure to squeeze out ALL the excess moisture so the sponge is DAMP...not wet, and be sure to dry it off outside completely especially between the flaps that hold it in the sound hole. It's my understanding that it DOESN'T work well with all finished (such as the ones with nitro finishes), but with gloss finishes on two different brand guitars, I've never experienced a problem.I also understand that the hard plastic ring is there only for shipping purposes (so says my luthier) so be sure to remove it before use so you don't scratch your guitar.Taylor's web site says to allow humidifiers to dry out before re-wetting or you can over-humidify the wood. Since this is a sound hole humidifier which humidifies the inside of the guitar, you might want to supplement with another type of humidifier near the headstock to humidify the fretboard.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy to use and it works

By terrygh

from Kansas

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Pros

  • Double Use
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Humidifies

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Good Humidifier
  • Multi Use
  • Practicing

Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

This humidifier does what it is supposed to do. I own several humidifiers of different brands,I would say that they all do what they are supposed to do but, in a pinch this can be used as a soundhole plug also. The best soundhole plug by far is the Lute Hole. I have even made a few humidifiers that work very well, not real pretty but none the less they work. No matter what you use to humidify your instrument just do it, it's worth the effort to prevent damage. A hygometer is also a wothwhile investment I switch mine from instrument to instrument periodicly just to check the humidity levels in the case. In most cases the area that supports the neck creates an air dam between the neck and body and you really should use 2 humidifiers one in the headstock neck area and one in or very close to the soundhole area. Be very careful not to over humidify this can be as bad as not enough humidity. Just pay attention and check your instruments periodicly especially in dry weather times, use a hygrometer and, by far the best protection for your instrument is to keep it in the case when not in use.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

eliminate exess moisture

By timberado

from alaska

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Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

i followed instructions and dried it well but i was queezy to put a wet humidifier in my guitar--so i solved the problem. simply get a 2 or 3 cc syringe and fill it with water then syringe in the water into the 6 sponge holes on the back of humidifier. works perfect --eliminate WORRY. il order another kyser for my other guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good idea, not good for me

By PM

from Wolf Point Montana

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    • Difficult To Use

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      Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

      I like the idea of this providing humidity to the guitar and not all over the case to. That said it did not work for my Taylor mini very well. It is to difficult to fit in the sound hole. The problem may not be with the product as they do list sound hole sizes. I assumed and well you know what happens when we assume. My bad. MF service was excellent as usual

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      eh....

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

      I just got this so I can't really attest to how well it works yet. It fits in my Martin D-15 Limited Edition very well, though.**ONE THING!!!***I took my guitar to a tech to get it looked at right after I got it, and he said that a lot of times these Kyser soundhole humidifiers come with this stupid plastic ring thing just inside the outer flap. He said he doesn't know why they are there and that they're useless. So I took it off and it made it way easier to put it in the soundhole. Just a free tip. The plastic ring comes off and isn't necessary. Instructions didn't say a thing about it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great, but beware the ring!

      By dolby

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

      Yes, this is a great humidifier at a reasonable price; and yes, the plastic ring is horrible.The ring might be intended to make a tighter seal, but it only served to make it more difficult to put in and take out of the soundhole. Furthermore, in the process, I put a ding in the edge of my beautiful taylor 810. (@#$^%#$@!)No mention of the ring in the instructions and no good reason to keep it, so ditch the ring asap.I have the skb clip-on type and the planet waves between-the-strings type, but I like the kyser soundhole type the best. I have about 4 of them now.I couldn't fit it in the soundhole of my baby taylor, however, so I use a different type for it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      I thought this was going to work well?

      By SgMaster-KGPc-

      from Jersey Shore, NJ

      Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

      I bought this Kyser soundhole humidifier thinking that it was going to work well and save my acoustic from the 30% humidity in my house. Well, I was wrong. I did manage to take off the plastic ring that is of no value, but after two days of the humidifier in the guitar, I noticed water buildup on the top of the soundhole where the sides of the humidifier rests on the body. I wrung out the humidifier and tried again. Less than 5 hours later, the water was back. I now keep that humidifier in its plastic covering with the instructions awaiting return and have since been using a more efficient room humidifier and bought an Oasis Blue humidifier instead (Highly Recommended as better alternative)...Now I don't worry over the relative humidity in my house anymore. Be advised and watch out for this problem with the Kyser soundhole humidifier. I think any others, like the Planet Waves would work better too.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Kyser humidifier...

      By ljguitar

      from Cheyenne, WY

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      Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

      Throw away the stupid ring, and only insert one leg. There is no benefit from ''locking'' both legs in the soundhole. This will fit even guitars with smaller soundholes (like Martin 000-15s).The plastic locking ring will just scratch the soundhole...pitch it.I love these for travel (my house is humidified at 35% all the time).ljguitar

       
      5.0

      I am very satified every thing I order from musiciansfriend

      By none

      from Espanola NM

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      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

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          Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

          Musicians friend is my music store. Very good guys keep it up!

           
          5.0

          Works best for me

          By Iceman

          from Central Virginia

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          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Made in the USA

          Cons

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              Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

              I have tried many methods to humidify my acoustics. Some failed miserably (dampit leaked in two of my guitars), some were fussy, etc. The lifeguard puts the moisture where you need it. I use them in cases and on guitars I leave out. They work well with minimal attention and you don't have to turn a simple task into a science project.

               
              5.0

              Highly recommend. I have one for all my high-end guitars!

              By ColoradoCookie

              from Leadville, CO

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

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                  Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

                  When my Martin got a crack in it, the luthier in Lawrence, KS did their best to fix her and sent me home with one of these Lifeguard humidifiers. That was about 5 years ago and it's still going strong! I've since moved from KS to the high Rockies of Colorado, where it is soo dry! I bought this extra to keep my Hummingbird safe from the dry elements. Fits snugly into the sound hole. Very well made! I've tried the others. Trust me - spend the extra 5-8 and get quality.

                   
                  4.0

                  clumsy but effective

                  By kenren10

                  from Claymont, DE

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                  Pros

                  • Functional
                  • the best solution I have found so far

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use
                  • most effective with a case humidifier

                  Best Uses

                  • Peace Of Mind
                  • protecting your investment

                  Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

                  There are a few things that made me less than thrilled with these (I have two).
                  1) measure your soundhole before ordering - they make 2 smaller sizes (classical and uke) but last I checked MF doesn't carry them.
                  2) even with the right size, it's tricky to remove and replace - it's just flexible enough to get in and out but not by much.
                  3) my first one has held up well but the second one I ordered came apart at the seam, exposing the sponge. It may have just dried out too much in storage, regardless MF service came through as they always do, they sent me a new one right away without question.
                  On the other hand:
                  It works better than anything else I have tried - the current planet waves "sponge" ones simply don't hold enough water to work for more than a day. This one seems to have a similarly limited capacity but because it seals the soundhole it lasts several days, even more if you use a case humidifier of some sort (I use empty pill bottles with wet flower foam that I have punctured a few times). The hard plastic ring that other reviewers have referred to is essential to keeping it sealed and keeping the vinyl off any nitro or shellac finishes. If you have nothing but poly-coated acoustics you can remove it but you will lose some of the seal.
                  Also, because it seals so effectively the rest of the guitar gets little or no benefit - as I said, I would use a cheap homemade case humidifier in the accessory case or wrapped in a towel near the headstock to keep you fingerboard happy and the fret ends smooth. I haven't yet checked out the Nomad Music Humitar, it holds more water than the other sponge-types but does nothing to seal the soundhole.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Easy to use

                  By McSnygg

                  from Colorado Springs

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                  • Poor instructions for use

                  Best Uses

                  • When not using guitar

                  Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

                  You are to soak the item in water and place it in the guitar hole. But, they don't tell you how long to soak it, or if you are supposed to squeeze it out, or dry it off! Plus, there're no instructions on how to place it in the hole. Do you make sure that the plastic disc is inside or outside the hole?

                   
                  4.0

                  Kyser Sound Hole Humidifier

                  By B.Hall

                  from NorCal

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                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

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                      Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

                      I bought a damaged guitar with a top wood split probably caused from drying out. I bought the full sound hole type to humidify the box before repairs. Worked well.

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      can ruin guitars

                      By Bluesplayer

                      from Fruita, Colorado

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                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Use
                        • Not Functional
                        • Poor Quality

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                          Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

                          Want to ruin your guitar? Use these things! I tried using them in my two new Martins, and after I had trouble installing them in the sound holes, I removed them to see if they had leaked water into the guitars. Both guitars had small puddles of water in them! And I had done a good job making sure the de-humdidifiers had been squeezed free of excessive water! Do not buy these guitar de-humidifiers, unless you want to ruin your guitars!

                           
                          4.0

                          A great humidifier

                          By plknj

                          from Lawrenceville, NJ

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                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality

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                              Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

                              This is a great alternative for humidifying your guitar. I was using the wedges that slip between the strings, but like that this covers the sound hole. The only problem is figuring out how wet it is, as the wedges had a sponge that was easy to examine.

                               
                              3.0

                              Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar

                              By Chin

                              from Milwaukee, WI

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                              Pros

                              • Good Quality

                              Cons

                              • Difficult To Use

                              Best Uses

                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

                              It looks very good, first time user I found out that it's a hassle when insert into the guitar and when removal out of the guitar especially when the guitar strings on the way. I like the idea it could easier just need to modify a bit.
                              I think it's little too much for the price.

                               
                              5.0

                              Great humidifier.

                              By friender

                              from pa

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                              • Functional
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                                  Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

                                  This is a great humidifier and it's nice that it keeps the humidity inside the guitar. Just make sure you don't make it too full and you'll be fine.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Works great

                                  By bmmurphy

                                  from Louisville, KY

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                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Functional
                                  • Good Quality
                                  • Improves Sound

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                                      Comments about Kyser Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar Humidifier:

                                      I use this with my 12-string Alvarez Jumbo and it has served me well for several years. I have a different style for 2 other guitars and I really can't tell a difference between the two styles. I do like that this one closes off the sound hole just keeping only the guitar body humidified.

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