- Humidity Care
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Not just another pretty bass, the inspiring and surprisingly versatile FA-450CE makes it easy to take killer Fender bass tone and feel anywhere you go. For amplified performances. the onboard Fishman® preamp system offers crystal-clear sound along with volume, bass and treble controls to precisely shape your tone. The luxurious flame maple top enhances articulation, lending a crisp attack to the mahogany back and sides’ rich, warm voice. The “Modern C”-shaped neck bears a 9.5”-radius fingerboard which works well for almost any playing style. Cream binding, a modern 2x2 headstock, classic Viking bridge and ‘keystone’ rosette complete the appointments, adding an elegant touch to the instrument’s visual appeal.
- This bass does not come with a bag or a case
- Color Sunburst
- Country Of Origin ID
- Orientation Right-Hand
- Series Fender Alternative
- Fingerboard Material Laurel
- Fingerboard Radius 9.5" (241 mm)
- Neck Finish Gloss Urethane
- Neck Material Nato
- Number of Frets 20
- Nut Material Graph Tech® TUSQ®
- Nut Width 1.650" (42 mm)
- Position Inlays Keystone Standard
- String Nut Graph Tech® TUSQ®
- Body Laminated Flame Maple Top with Laminated Mahogany Back and Sides
- Body Back Mahogany
- Body Binding Cream
- Body Finish Gloss
- Body Material Laminated Flame Maple Top with Laminated Mahogany Back and Sides
- Body Shape Jumbo Cutaway
- Body Sides Mahogany
- Body Style Jumbo
- Body Top Flame Maple
- Bracing Scalloped X
- Cutaway Yes
- Rosette FA "Keystone" design
- Bridge Indian Laurel
- Bridge Pins White with Black Dots
- Hardware Finish Chrome
- Pickguard None
- Strings Fender® 7060 Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass (.045-.100 Gauges), PN 0737060400
- Tuning Machines Open-Back Geared
- Controls Volume, Bass, Treble
- Dimensions 7.40x18.50x45.10 IN
- Scale Length 32" (813 mm)
- Shipping Height 7.40 IN
- Shipping Length 45.10 IN
- Shipping Weight 11.40 LB
- Shipping Width 18.50 IN
Acoustic guitars and ukulele are made of wood, and wood is sensitive to changes in climate. Shifts in temperature or relative humidity can affect your instrument in multiple ways, some of which can lead to costly repairs if you’re not careful. Solid woods in particular are especially prone to the effects of climate fluctuation. For example, extended exposure to low relative humidity (below 40% RH) can dry out the wood, causing it to shrink and run the risk of cracking. Similarly, excessive humidity can cause the wood to absorb moisture and swell, potentially causing other problems. Without adequate humidity control (especially in drier local climates), acoustic instruments can crack and their necks can warp, causing problems with fretting, intonation and playability.
So how do you prevent this kind of damage? Easy: by keeping your guitars and ukulele properly humidified (ideally between 40-60% RH). The easiest way to do this is by storing your instruments in a case with a case two-way humidifier inside. A two-way humidifier will slowly absorb or release moisture inside your case, maintaining humidity to help ensure your instrument doesn’t suffer damage. Using a digital hygrometer can help you monitor humidity levels around your instrument.
Symptoms of a dry acoustic instrument:
- Low action. Strings are very close to the fretboard.
- Hump on the fretboard where the neck joins the body.
- Sunken top across the soundboard between bridge and fingerboard.
- The back of instrument looks very flat when it is dried out.
- Sharp fret ends extend beyond the edge of the fretboard.
- The plane of the neck angle on a dry instrument hits above the top of the bridge.
Symptoms of a wet acoustic instrument:
- High action. Strings that are unusually high off the fretboard, making it difficult to play.
- Unusually swollen top
- Unusual warp on the top, back or both at the end-block
- Improper neck angle. Sighting the neck to the bridge, the frets will appear to hit below the bridge.
Using patented technology, the D’Addario Two-Way Humidification System features disposable, moisture-filled packets with a breathable membrane that provides two-way humidity control, meaning it can either release or absorb moisture to consistently maintain a predetermined relative humidity (RH) level of 45-50 percent.
Music Nomad the leader in equipment care products, has developed an easy to use, no mess, and low maintenance Ukulele humidifier. The Humilele rests securely on top of the strings to safely and evenly hydrate your Ukulele to avoid these problems.
Final Notes on Humidity Control
To monitor the amount of humidity your instrument is receiving, we recommend the purchase of a digital hygrometer, a device that gauges and provides a read-out of humidity levels. It can be kept in the room where you store your instruments, or, better yet, in a central location inside the instrument case, preferably Velcro’d to the outside of the accessories compartment (facing the heel). The optimal range for your guitars and ukulele is 45-55% RH.