Wait 24 hours before opening a new guitar?

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  1. Elkoki

    Elkoki Senior Member

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    Do most of you do this ? I read it's best to let the guitar sit in its box for a while before opening or it can potentially ruin your guitar . I'm getting a guitar from Pennsylvania to California tomorrow . It should be really mild weather tomorrow here . Neither hot or freezing ... What do you guys think ?
     
  2. judson

    judson Senior Member

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    open the box , look it over for damage, tune it up and play the hell out of it...hope if fits you well...

    its is not a delicate little daisy....it will survive, it can out live you and probably will.....

    think about it:hmm:

    what did you buy?
     
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  3. Crotch

    Crotch Support MLP Veterans & Vendors Platinum Supporter Premium Member

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    I wouldn't wait. I live in wi and if it's 10 degrees out when I get a guitar I leave it for a few hours but never a day. Being in Cali you'll have nothing to worry about whatsoever
     
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    elephantrider Senior Member

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    no... no, i don't.
     
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    John Ucol Senior Member

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    anticarnist Senior Member

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    I usually WANT to, but NEVER do.
     
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  7. Elkoki

    Elkoki Senior Member

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    I bought a guitar most people on this forum wouldn't care for lol. It's a Schecter SLS elite

    Sweetwater places stickers on their guitar shipments saying wait 24 hours...got me wondering if people actually do it. I know i'll be dying to open it right away. oi.jpg
     
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    judson Senior Member

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    thats cool....one of them new fangled 7 stringers?...looks good, what ever inspires you, go for it :yesway: :)

    maybe an extreme temp might affect the wood/finish but i honestly question that unless you bought a guitar from the equator and had it shipped overnight to Antartica i bet it still would be fine within an hour of letting it sit maybe...that would be max, my opinion


    enjoy it
     
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  9. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Senior Member

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    Thems the rules.

    Wait, it's your guitar, you make the rules! Post no. 7 sheet from S'water is a bit authoritative sounding.
     
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    somebodyelseuk Senior Member

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    It's a cardboard box. It's not airtight. It won't be thremally efficient... it's basically a means of holding all the impact protection packing material.
    Open it, don't open it. It doesn't make any difference.
     
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    JohnnyN Old School Premium Member

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    If it's "frozen" I usually wait an hour or two before opening the box in room temperature. I don't have patience to wait for several hours though :)
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Ridiculous.
     
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    PierM Premium Member

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    I do just measure the temp of the box when it arrives and I do wait for that temp to be pretty much the same as my ambient temp, before to open it. Once I open the box, I do the same with the case temp. In full summer, it could take hours.

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    wildhawk1 Senior Member

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    I can understand why people put a bag of fish in their aquarium when they get home.

    That Sweetwater sticker is right up there with the so called 55 point inspection program.

    :facepalm:
     
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    HeartString Non Prominent MBR Premium Member

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    If it's brown, flush it down.
     
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    it may also be more related to acoustic guitars with much thinner wood and small glued surfaces. An electric slab guitar would naturally reach the ambient room temperature slower do to the volume of the wood and therefore be less likely to have any adverse affects of contraction or expansion due to humidity changes.

    Cheers Peter.
     
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    Skyjerk Meatbomb Silver Supporter

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    I've owned a shit-ton of guitars over the years before I started building my own 4 years ago. Couldn't even guess the total number.
    From PRS Custom 24 down to cheap Mexi-strats and many in between. Neck-throughs. Set necks. Bolt-ons.

    I opened them all up the instant the box arrived. Never had anything bad happen as a result. Not once. I'd never even heard this theory of waiting a day to open it until just now.

    Now that I have heard it, should I ever buy a guitar made elsewhere again in my life (highly doubt it) I will still open it instantly but I will laugh while I'm doing it :)
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    The absolute worst I could see is a need for a neck adjustment. It would probably need one anyways. Easy peasy.

     
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    if it was a high dollar acoustic and the weather outside was brass monkeys I'd probably wait a while for it to acclimatize otherwise no.

    guitars are tougher than we think. Companies like SW stick labels on everything to cover their a$$es
     
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    judson Senior Member

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    BINGO!!!!.....:dude: its one more thing they can try to weasel away from being responsible for a minor flaw...

    customer: hello SW the binding on my new guitar is separated 1/64th of an inch from the body in a small area down by the strap button...i just got it

    SW: well sir we just looked at the fedex delivery sheet and it says the guitar was delivered 12 minutes ago. oh i see the problem...DID YOU WAIT 24HRS LIKE MOMMY SAID BEFORE YOU OPENED IT??? APPARENTLY NOT...well you just voided your warranty and any other right to return it, thanks...click :hmm:
     

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