The Guitar Habitat®
The Guitar Habitat® has been specifically designed to preserve your instruments, while keeping them close at hand for easy access. Each cabinet displays the instruments beautifully in the glow of rheostat controlled LED lighting. Cabinets are lined on the floor and back with aromatic cedar, which wicks moisture, and aids in stabilizing the humidity level in the cabinet.
Humidifiers are hidden beneath the floor of the cabinet. Dehumidifiers are small ionic membranes installed in the back wall of the cabinet that operate without a water tank. A single controller manages both the humidifier and dehumidifier. Guitars rest on cork, with the weight of the instrument on the lower bout rather than the neck. Guitar necks are secured and cushioned with cork. Neck rest systems can be ordered with or without a handmade latching system. All glass is tempered safety glass. Doors come with heavy duty hinges, and keyed locks.
The Guitar Habitat® comes in standard sizes of 32”, 40”, and 63” wide as well as modular and custom sizes. The small medium and large sizes hold approximately four, six and ten guitars. The size of your instruments, and your preferred positioning of the instruments in the cabinet may vary from these numbers. A modular version of the 32” cabinet is available that can grow in 32″ increments to handle very large collections.
Features & Benefits
Construction: We build all our products in our workshop near Perkasie, PA. We buy raw unfinished wood from the saw mill, finishing materials, and hardware. Nothing is “pre-fabricated”. We do not use veneer. All cabinets are solid cherry, oak, maple or walnut.
Wood: We have solid American black walnut, cherry, oak or maple construction throughout. We hand select our wood. Our American black walnut and cherry are from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and are the best examples of these woods available. Our climate controlled cabinets are lined with aromatic cedar. Cabinets have hand made wooden seals to keep the moisture in. The only plywood used is a hardwood plywood used for the back of the cabinet and is specially treated to provide an enhanced vapor barrier.
Securing your guitars: Guitars rest on wooden rails topped with unfinished cork which will not mar the finish in any way. Guitar necks rest against a shelf with cork lined cut outs for the necks. An optional neck rest shelf is available that includes our Neck-tie™ system to lock the necks in place.
Humidifiers and dehumidifiers: Our standard humidifier on orders received after October 1st, 2014 is a one gallon humidifier in all our cabinets. Frequency of refill will depend on the size of your cabinet and ambient humidity level in your room, but typically the humidifier will need to be refilled every two to five weeks. We also offer a auto-fill humidifier that can be connected to your home or studio water supply.
Our dehumidification system is exclusive to our cabinets. It is membrane based and mounted on the back wall of the cabinet. The membrane system removes humidity from the cabinet and pumps the excess humidity into the room air via an ionic process. The dehumidification system was originally developed for high-tech and museum display case applications. Unlike traditional dehumidifiers, there is no water supply to empty.
Glass: Our glass is tempered and available in standard or as an optional upgrade in low E UV protected tempered glass. We use only tempered glass as it is more clear than laminated glass. Note that while UV rays are effectively blocked by low E glass, other light rays outside the UV spectrum can still fade your guitars. We recommend not putting guitars in constant direct sunlight, even when protected with low E glass.
Testing: We fully assemble your humidified guitar cabinet and run it continuously for 72 hours before shipping it to you. We verify the humidity level displayed with a labratory grade test instrument.
Finishes: Our standard finish is a hand rubbed nitrocellulose lacquer as is used on the finest guitars and mandolins. We apply at least six coats of lacquer, and have a 24 step finishing process. It provides a beautiful finish, and one that can be repaired should you ever encounter damaage to the finish in your home or studio.
Hardware:We offer a number of hardware choices, but customer provided hardware is an option. We have heavy duty hinges that are adjustible. All cabinets come with a lock. On single door cabinets, you can hang the door on either side.
Pricing & Ordering
Pricing for the cabinets can be viewed on the individual pages by cabinet size. We require a 30% non-refundable deposit at the time you place your order on standard cabinets, and a 50% non-refundable deposit on custom cabinets, with the balance due about 10 days prior to shipment. Note that we can not guarantee delivery dates or time frames. We will make every effort to get your cabinet to you with high quality as quickly as possible. To place your order, please call us at 1(267)272-2460.