Frequently asked questions
Here are a few common questions we get asked. If you don’t find what you need, please CONTACT US.
We have a small number of high end dealers that carry our cabinets. They are listed on our Web site under Dealers on the home page. Before taking the time to visit a dealer, we recommend that you call to make sure they have one of our cabinets to view. The cabinets at the Dealers are not typically for sale, they are for display only. We occasionally swap one of them out for a newer model. When this happens, we will post it for sale on our Facebook site.
Cabinets vary in price depending on wood selection, size, and options that you select. The pricing details, along with size, approximate weight and options for each cabinet are on our Web site under the Products menu.
Yes they do. The damage from low humidity is more rapid and more apparent on acoustic guitars, but all guitars need to be kept at or near 50% relative humidity year round. If you’ve ever felt sharp fret wire ends on the neck of your electric guitar in the winter, that is a sign that it’s too dry.
The number of guitars per cabinet depends on several factors. First is the size of your guitars. An 18” arch-top like a Gibson Super 400 will take a lot more space than a thin guitar like a Fender Stratocaster. It also depends on how you want to position the guitars in the cabinet. If the guitars go straight into the cabinet, it maximizes the number of guitars the cabinet will hold. If you angle the guitars so that the tops partly show from the front, or if you face the guitars straight out of the cabinet, it greatly reduces the number of guitars that the cabinet will hold. Rough estimates are that the 32” cabinet can hold 3-5 guitars, the 40” cabinet can hold 5-7 guitars, and the 63” cabinet can hold 9-10 guitars. These numbers assume you are putting the guitars straight in and not angling them.
There are locations that don’t need humidity control. They are constantly close enough to 50% relative humidity that guitars will have no issues. That’s not the case in most locations. To find out what the humidity range is like in your area, you can check on line at http://www.shorstmeyer.com/wxfaqs/humidity/rh.html and see the morning and afternoon average relative humidity by city in the United States for each month of the year. Your air conditioning and heating will impact the humidity level in your home. The best way to check is to get a humidistat and check your relative humidity at home. They are inexpensive and small enough to fit in a guitar case. Most locations in the U.S. need humidification at some point during the year. Florida, and some Southern states may need dehumidification. Northern states may also need it if you live in the summer with windows open, or are near large bodies of water like the ocean or Great Lakes.
Whole house humidifiers are great at making you comfortable, but typically don’t get anywhere near 50% relative humidity in the winter. We recently delivered a cabinet to a studio that had a “whole house” humidifier. I took along our industrial humidistat and discovered his relative humidity was 29%. There are a few systems out there that will work. Make sure yours is working by monitoring it with a humidistat that is separate from your system. They are inexpensive and good to keep in your guitar cases.
No, your guitars are safe in a Guitar Habitat™ cabinet. We use solid wood finished with French Polish, nitrocellulose lacquer or tung oil. The materials in the cabinet that touch your guitar are solid wood. In most cases, cork is the only material that touches your instruments.
We’d be happy to ship a cabinet to you outside the “lower 48” in the U.S. including Canada. Our experience is that international shipping can be expensive, and you’ll typically have to pay fees (duty, sales taxes, brokers fees, etc.) when the cabinet arrives in your country. These cabinets too large to ship via DHL, FedEx or UPS. If you are interested in buying a cabinet and shipping it overseas, please contact us and we’ll get a shipping quote, and typically a Web site where you can check on your home country fees for clearing customs.
It depends on your location, the size of the cabinet, and the level of delivery service you’d like to have. Cabinets are too big to ship via UPS, DHL or FedEx. We crate all cabinets that are shipped via a freight company. We’ve had damaged cabinets from those that only blanket wrap the cabinets, and have had no problems with our crated cabinets getting to you. We charge for the crate and pallet construction, and we custom build them ourselves specifically for your cabinet. Crating charges run from $125 to $250, but may be more for some custom cabinets. The freight company typically charges from $850-$1250 per cabinet in the lower 48 states in the US, but we can’t get a firm quote on shipping until we’re with 30 days of scheduling the shipment. At the time you order, we’ll do the best we can to give you an estimate that is roughly what it will cost.
We prefer not to stain wood. So we recommend maple for a very light color cabinet, cherry for a medium color cabinet and walnut for a dark cabinet. We will use other woods, and will stain or dye wood for a customer, but our best results are typically from the natural color of the wood with a clear finish on top.
No. Maple and Walnut are a 10% up charge on our pricing. Certain antique or reclaimed woods are also an up charge. Cherry and oak are the same price, and are included in the basic cabinet prices shown on our Web site. Wood markets fluctuate and we occasionally have to make price adjustments to take wood price changes into account. We can also obtain exotics and highly flamed woods at an extra cost.
We build all cabinets to customer specification, and start with raw lumber. Some customizations do not cost anything, like a change in the top of a cabinet from “gallery” to “flat top”. Other changes like changes in external dimensions of the cabinet do run a bit extra. Our standard cabinet measurements are all 21” deep and 63” high (with gallery top). Cabinet widths are 32” for the small cabinet, 40” for the medium and 63” For the large cabinet. Changes in width are always charged at the next cabinet size up. Example, a 45” wide cabinet is the same price as the 63” wide cabinet.
Building a cabinet any larger than 63″ wide creates some serious challenges for delivery and installation. Even at 63″ wide, it’s not always possible to put one of our big cabinets on a second floor or in a basement due to clearance issues around staircases. We have a modular cabinet that holds approximately 5 guitars per section. We can build as many sections as you need, and expand your capacity in 5 guitar increments. We show pricing on our Web site for modular cabinets designed for up to 25 guitars, but can build any capacity you need by adding on additional units and humidification equipment.