Humidify a metal resonator?

Hippie at Heart
Joined: 02/22/22
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Recently purchased a Gretsch steel body resonator guitar with aluminum drum. I'm assuming that the steel has at least 14% chromium to make it stainless. But I'm ignorant about the metal composition of all the bits and bobs that holds everything together. It has a wood neck, fretboard and headstock. Gretsch unfortunately offers no recommendations on humidification. I'm guessing nothing on this guitar is susceptible to corrosion (other than the strings) so I'm ready to humidify the case for the sake of the neck but just wanted to check with you guys first.

What say you, good sirs?


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Rumble Walrus
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I'd think not.  The neck is pretty ruggedly built and the body (of course) doesn't need humidification.  Adding humidity may do more damage than good.

Stainless steel has both chromium and molybdenum to stem corrosion.  Carbon content affects corrosion too.  More carbon generally means the steel is harder, but also increases susceptibility to corrosion.  I'm not sure of the type of steel in Gretsch's resonator.  Apologies for the geek moment.

I really like the Gretch resonators.  I want one too, by the way.  :)

Let us know how you like it!

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Works like a charm! The solution worked for me thanks to the community and the members for the solution.  

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Joined: 12/06/22
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I have exactly the same problem with my sony xa1 since July 4 have you found a solution?

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