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Lenie
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I was hoping someone could answer a question for me. How bad would it be to leave an electric guitar in a hot car from about 8:30AM to 5:30PM one day a week? Would it hurt the guitar? I wouldn't leave it in direct sunlight (although there is no shade and the car would be), and I would cover it with something.

Thanks a lot for any help you can give me! :)


   
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I'm not an expert on this, but I wouldn't do it to my guitar.

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I wouldn't do it to any guitar I own.

But if you absolutely have to, here's the steps I would take:
- loosen the strings some. Not so loose that the trem or bridge falls off, but maybe a couple of steps down(E->C or B).
- Make sure the guitar is in a case or gig bag. The case will slow down the rate of temperature change that the guitar experiences. Maybe wrap the case in a blanket (a light coloured one, if you leave it in the passenger compartment) to further slow the rate of change.
- Make sure it's in the trunk. It *should* not get as hot in there, due to there being no glass to act as a greenhouse. Plus it's less likely that some looser will break your window and steal your guitar.
- Park in the shade, or in an area that will be shaded during the hottest part of the day. Perhaps in a parking structure that has a roof. Or on the north side of a larger vehicle if that's the best you can do.
- After you take the guitar out of the car and move it indoors, leave it in the case for a few hours to allow the guitar to SLOWLY change temperature to match the room.

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I just flat wouldn't do it.

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I don't do it at all. Not in the summer heat nor winter cold, strings loosened or not. The wood expands and contracts, as do the strings and all the metal parts. Retuning is still going to not make it sound right, imo. Besides, I don't need to hear my truck alarm going off in the parking lot.

I have lessons on Wednesday at 6pm, after work. I strap the gig bag to my back and walk into the building. It sits in my cubicle all day. People ask or make typically stupid remarks: "Gonna serenade us?" (yes, I'm playing with the rest of the company band at the luncheon; didn't you get the e-mail?); "Do you play guitar?" (no, I'm just trying to look cool :roll: ).

It is difficult to answer when one does not understand the question.


   
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Rule of thumb: Don't leave your guitar anywhere you wouldn't leave yourself.

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I never have, but have a friend who used to do this all the time. The guitar, which was an acoustic, eventually just came unglued. It was interesting, as I'd never seen all the pieces that make an acoustic guitar separate.

But, if this isn't your goal, I would find an alternative.

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Lenie
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Thanks everyone! I figured it was a bad idea, but was hoping it would be okay. I'll have to work something else out. :)


   
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When you say "hot".... You talkin' northern Minnesota hot or Louisiana hot?

When you say "guitar".... You talkin' Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar or Starcaster by Fender guitar?


   
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Lenie
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When you say "hot".... You talkin' northern Minnesota hot or Louisiana hot?

When you say "guitar".... You talkin' Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar or Starcaster by Fender guitar?

By hot, I mean Alabama hot. :) By guitar I mean a cheap Yamaha starter electric which is my only electric and therefore means a lot to me. :)


   
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You'll get crazing all over the paint. I lived in Tucson for 20 years....so I well and truly understand "hot". Loosening strings won't help with the finish...glues...oil in the pegs. Besides...someone'll bust in and steal it.

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Lenie
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So, what temperature is too hot? In the building where I work, it's still pretty hot. Not as hot as outside, but definitely not cool. Would that be bad too?


   
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Along with dogs,pets and children,guitars should not be left alone in a hot vehicle! We had a thermomater in our back window,it got well above 140 degrees and shattered it.This can and probably will do some damage of some kind,wiring,and wood.Excessive heat can cause a neck to warp beyond repair.


   
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kent_eh
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So, what temperature is too hot? In the building where I work, it's still pretty hot. Not as hot as outside, but definitely not cool. Would that be bad too?

I assume your plan is to take your guitar with you during the work day, so that you can go directly to a lesson after work?

Unless you work as a sauna tester, or a scuba diver then your normal work environment should be safe for your guitar during the day. Certainly more safe than leaving it in the car.

Same general precautions as I mentioned above, though:
Keep it in it's case, out of direct sunlight, and away from the view of un-trusted people.

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