Wood Instruments

Musical Instrument Storage Made Easy with Boveda

How Humidity Control Affects Musical Instrument Storage

Tired of all the constant tuning? Sounds like you need to reconsider your musical instrument storage. Proper humidity control in your instrument case can make the difference in how your instrument sounds and the way it performs.

Wooden instruments are susceptible to fluctuations in humidity levels, meaning they will expand and contract depending on the moisture content—the relative humidity (RH)—inside the case. What’s an everyday consequence of yo-yoing moisture? Your instrument falls out of tune a lot. Worst case scenario? The wood cracks or warps and your instrument is stuck in the repair shop.

Before Boveda humidity control packets, musicians would add humidity to instrument cases by rewetting hoses, foam or sponges. These distilled water methods only do one job—add moisture. It’s messy. It’s easy to forget. And you can damage your instrument by over- or under-humidifying your instrument. When you use Boveda in your case, you’ll never have to worry about humidity in your musical instrument storage again.

Is There a Guitar Ideal Humidity (and What About Other Wood Instruments)?

For wooden instruments and accessories, the ideal RH for musical instrument storage is between 45% RH to 55% RH, according to manufacturers and experts.

You can maintain this ideal RH for your instrument by using Boveda in your case. Boveda packs work automatically. There’s nothing to monitor or rewet, which makes Boveda the most convenient humidity solution for musicians—from professional players and experts to hobbyists and student musicians.

How Does Boveda Control Moisture in an Instrument Case?

Boveda is patented 2-way humidity control technology. The packs stabilize humidity inside your instrument case. If the air inside your case is too moist, Boveda absorbs that moisture. If it’s too dry, Boveda releases moisture into your case.

How to Maintain Ideal Humidity in an Instrument Case with Boveda

Boveda created three starter kits to make the daily humidity needs of your instrument effortless. Choose the one that’s designed for the instrument you play. Each kit comes with Boveda humidity control packs for your instrument, fabric holders and full instructions.

Just slip the Boveda into the fabric holder and place it in an open space in your case. In three months, replace the Boveda packs with new ones. You can subscribe to have Boveda refills send directly to you, so you don’t have to think about reordering Boveda when the packs expire. (Plus you get 10% off subscription orders and free shipping within the U.S.)

Which Boveda Starter Kit To Use with Your Instrument

small instrument humidity control starter kit products
Boveda’s Small Starter Kit comes complete with (2) 49% RH Standard Humidity Control Boveda Packs, (1) Single Fabric Holder, and (1) Step-by-Step Instruction Guide.

Small Boveda Starter Kit For a Wood Instrument

For Small Bowed String Instruments, including:

  • Violin
  • Viola

For Fretted Instruments, including:

  • Banjo
  • Electric guitar
  • Electric bass
  • Mandolin
  • Ukulele

For Small Wood Woodwinds, including:

  • Clarinet
  • Oboe

boveda guitar starter kit large products
Maintain ideal humidity for a guitar and other wood instruments with Boveda’s Large Starter Kit. Includes: (4) 49% RH Standard Humidity Control Boveda Packs, (2) Double Fabric Holders, and (1) Step-by-Step Instruction Guide.

Large Starter Kit for a Wood Instrument

For Large Fretted Instruments, Including:

  • Acoustic guitar
  • Nylon string guitar
  • Semi-hollow body guitar

For Large Bowed String Instruments, including:

  • Cello/violoncello
  • Double bass/upright bass

For Large Wood Woodwinds, including:

  • Bass clarinet
  • Bassoon

Use the Boveda Directional Starter Kit for displaying guitars and more
Display your instrument with a Boveda Directional Kit to drive moisture into your guitar. Boveda Directional Kit comes with (1) 49% RH Standard Humidity Control Boveda Pack, (1) Directional Fabric Holder, and (1) Step-by-Step Instruction Guide.

Directional Humidity Control StaRter Kit

For Displaying Fretted Instruments, Including:

  • Acoustic guitar
  • Hybrid electric guitar
  • Acoustic bass
  • Mandolin
  • Ukulele

Now you can show off your beautiful instrument plus keep it well-humidified. Your guitar can stay ready-to-play off the wall, on stage and in the studio. Designed to fit directly over the sound hole to prevent humidity loss from the body of your instrument while it’s on display.

Can You Use the Large Starter Kit with a Small Wood Instrument and Vice Versa?

If you play a large instrument, stick to the Large Starter Kit. You can use a Large Starter Kit with a small wood instrument as long there’s enough room in your case. Make sure the holders fit comfortably inside, so you don’t crush them when you close your case.

Because Boveda is so precise, it can never over-humidify the environment inside your case. When you use more Boveda humidity control packs than recommended, they’ll work harmoniously together and last longer. Always insert Boveda into its fabric holder before placing it into your instrument case. The fabric holders help Boveda work more efficiently while acting as a liquid barrier if a packet is accidentally punctured. 

inserting boveda into fabric holder
Multi-piece player? Protect all of the instruments with Boveda 2-way humidity control. Subscribe to receive Boveda in multi-packs. And order extra Boveda Fabric Holders separately here.

How Long Will Boveda Last in an Instrument Case?

Boveda will last up to 6 months, depending on your case, your climate and how often you open and close your case. Hard cases made of synthetic or man-made materials generally hold an internal environment better than a wooden case or a gig-bag. 

To make musical instrument storage even more convenient, subscribe to have Boveda replacements sent directly to you. Play it safe and have your Boveda subscription send refresher packs every 3 months, so you’ll never have a lapse in moisture protection for your musical instrument. YOU’LL GET 10% OFF YOUR SUBSCRIPTION ORDER PLUS FREE SHIPPING.

If you own multiple instruments, you can order Boveda in multi-packs of 4, 12 and 20. Most importantly, you’ll never have to worry about your instrument protection again!