Going Away For Just A Little While Or A Long Time - Follow These Tips
Guitar Storage Tips are not all that different from Guitar Travel, but I felt there were enough different points on which to focus that it merits a special article.
As in the Guitar Travel section, in Guitar Storage, be sure to obtain a great case to store your guitar. Be sure to purchase a case that seals very tightly, has secure locks and the exterior of the case will take a beating.
Make sure the guitar fits really snuggly into the case and does not move around when seated in the case. Also make sure the case depth is is proper and not TOO tight as this may cause stress on the fragile guitar body.
Make sure you have a good storage compartment inside the case to place a good quality guitar humidifier.
One of the best cases I've found is a case from SKB, which is sturdy fiberglass on the outside and the semi rigid foam inside. Good latches and large storage compartment. Here are the features:
Another Guitar Storage Tip is to loosen or "Slacken" your strings a few complete revolutions on each tuner. If you plan on a long term storage, I would take the strings completely off the guitar.
Determine what time of the year you will store a guitar, where it will be stored and for how long. If it will be in a conditioned space with normal heating and air-conditioning, you only have to be concerned with lack of humidity - which is a big concern.
Locate a humidification system near or in the space where the guitar will be stored, if possible. If this system is to be unattended, be sure you have a reliable auto-fill system. If the space where the guitar is to be stored, make sure you have a whole-house humidifier on the return-air ductwork side of your forced air furnaces.
If this is a short-term Guitar Storage, get a good quality case humidification system. I use the OH-6 System by Oasis in all of my guitar cases (and I have a lot of them). The humidifier mounts inside your storage compartment with magnets that fasten to the included stainless steel clip. You should be armed with one of these anyway.
This system will assure you of a totally humidified guitar for the duration of the Guitar Storage. As a bonus you can use the case humidifier to protect your instrument during those long, cold, dry winter days.
An Initial Step For Guitar Storage is to prep your guitar for the long stay.
Give the Fretboard Some Good Maintenance