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    Playing in high humidity?

    I had an outdoor gig last week. It was great, with the exception of the very high humidity that made it a struggle to play. Managed to not screw up too much. I started looking for solutions to this. Can't find much discussion on the topic. Any suggestions on how to minimize the effects of playing in a high humidity environment?
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    Playing in High Humidity

    This is a fairly unsubtle solution set to the problem of playing in an extremely humid environment. Keep your gear in the car/truck air-conditioned as you travel, keep your guitar in a hard case until sound check (or your actual performance) and then run stage fans on either side (and/or in front) of the stage. Here we played for over three hours on the beach at the height of the summer in Sebastian Florida

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcl0t_Ux26g

    - and I didn't have to retune once! (I suspect heavier gauge strings may also help I use 11 - 49).

    Regards: Conrad / Bees Deluxe

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    I played an outdoor gig also last weekend in high humidity. I had to tune the start of every set and touch up occasionally between songs but I do that anyway, so no big deal there. I also washed my hands every break right before we started again, seemed to keep the stickiness to a minimum for me. Also had a small fan that I set so it would blow across my hands. The fan was good for keeping me cool too!!
    Thanks,
    Jack

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    Thanks for the suggestions. We are playing there again in two weeks. It will probably be cooler and less humid (I hope). I didn't have tuning problems as much as sticky hands syndrome.
    TAG C+2 & HDT , Godin A12, Homemade Koa/maple top hollow body electric, 1992 PRS Custom 24 Lacewood, Gibson Chet Atkins CE, 1976 Ovation Breadwinner, Ovation MM68 mandolin, Alvarez/Yairi DY87 dbl neck

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