FAQ: Boveda for Guitars

Boveda/Humidipak/Planet Waves takes all the hassle, mess and mystery out of maintaining your guitar. Boveda is smart enough to monitor ambient conditions and will add or remove moisture to maintain 40-55% RH (relative humidity) in your guitar case. And because it requires no activation or maintenance, you spend more time playing your perfectly-maintained guitar.

Which Boveda do I buy?
Boveda for the guitar market is marketed under the name “Planet Waves Humidipak” and can be purchased online from D’Addario. You can also buy direct from Boveda. It is very important that you do not buy a Boveda RH level that is not intended for use in a guitar case. Our higher RH levels (62% and higher) are for herbal medicine, food and tobacco applications.

When do I replace the Boveda?
The life of any Boveda depends on how much water vapor it needs to release. When Boveda is completely dry, it will turn into a solid wafer. It’s just short of this, when there are very few soft spots left, that they’ll need to be replaced.

If you live in a high humidity climate where the primary purpose of Boveda is to remove excess moisture, Boveda will still be soft when it’s absorbed all it can. We recommend using a calibrated hygrometer inside the case to monitor the humidity level. When it’s over 55% for an extended period, it’s time to replace the Boveda. Our High Absorption formula is manufactured with about half the water as our normal 49%, giving it more absorption capacity.

How long will Boveda last?
In a well maintained case, 2 months. If your guitar/case have been neglected, the first set of Boveda won’t last as long as subsequent sets because the case is 75% of the wood in the guitar + case equation. Once the case gets all the moisture it needs, too, Boveda will last 2+ months.

Will Boveda over-humidify guitars?
Never. Boveda is the only product in the world that knows when to stop adding moisture and won’t humidify beyond the RH on the pack. Using more than recommended will just work more efficiently and last longer.

How can I maximize the life of Boveda?
Always keep the Boveda in the tightly sealed case, even when the guitar is out. The wood in the case can lose a lot of moisture in minutes/hours of being left open.

How To Use Boveda In a Guitar Case

Step 1: Place Boveda 49% RH Inside Pouch Holders:

Step 2: Place Pouches at Headstock and into Sound Hole:

Step 3: Place Single Pouch Holder Under Headstock:

Step 4: Drape Pouch over String and Push Packs Inside Sound Hole:

Step 5: Close Case Lid Tightly:

Step 6: Replace Boveda once Firm, Boveda Lasts About 60-180 Days:

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