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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 ...Read More

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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 23 reviews)

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75%

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Pros

  • Functional (9)
  • Good quality (9)
  • Easy to use (7)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (4)

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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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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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5.0

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

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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:

      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.

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      4.0

      clumsy but effective

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      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.

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      3.0

      Easy to use

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      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?

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      4.0

      Kyser Sound Hole Humidifier

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      from Windsor, Ca.

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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.

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          1.0

          can ruin guitars

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          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!

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              4.0

              A great humidifier

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              from New Jersey

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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.

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                  3.0

                  Lifeguard 6 or 12 String Acoustic Guitar

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                  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.

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                  5.0

                  Great humidifier.

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                  from pa

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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 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.

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                      5.0

                      Works great

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                      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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                          5.0

                          Not Bad Acoustic Guitar Humidifier

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

                              It works fine for the job it is intended for. Just add a small amount of water and squeeze out any excess water the sponge just has to be damp. I also wipe it off with a paper towel then let it stand in the open air for about 30 minutes check and see if I can get any more water out. If water does not drip out then I install it and close the case. I check it every time I open the case and if it needs it add water a repeat the above before it goes back in the guitar.

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