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Unread 01-05-2004, 02:37 PM   #1
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Distilled water equal/doesnotequal filtered water?

ok So I finally got a humidfier. The only one they had at GC - the planet wave one that sits in the strings. it says to use distilled water. is that the same thing as filtered water (Pur or brita?)

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Unread 01-05-2004, 02:55 PM   #2
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No. Distilled water has minerals distilled out of it, whereas filtered water has impurities filtered out, but usually leaves minerals in it.
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Unread 01-05-2004, 03:22 PM   #3
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I got the same thing, can't you get distilled water at wal-mart?
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Unread 01-05-2004, 03:24 PM   #4
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you can get it anywhere normally. Get it at wal-mart because you'll pay less and get more! lol that was cheesy.
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k thanks for the much needed fyi! I'll just have to make a walmart trip. hopefully, I won't buy anything else... :/ that's always a tricky venture.
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Unread 01-05-2004, 06:38 PM   #6
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Or you could distill it yourself, but I don't know how to make the required apparatus. And I believe they're pretty expensive (but you could use it for other things )Basically you boil tap water, collect the steam, and condense it back to water.
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Unread 01-05-2004, 06:50 PM   #7
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You can also get good water at Whole Foods. I don't know if they have one in your area, but they have great water, that is as pure and filtered as possible, cheap.

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Distilled water doesent boil. Just a little useless info.
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Distilled water doesent boil. Just a little useless info.
hmm, interesting. i didn't know that.
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Unread 01-05-2004, 11:46 PM   #10
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I knew that about it not boiling... ya know I dunno that this humidifier is actually doing anything, I put some distilled water in it tonight, and I can't really tell if anything changed...
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Unread 01-06-2004, 12:11 AM   #11
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I knew that about it not boiling... ya know I dunno that this humidifier is actually doing anything, I put some distilled water in it tonight, and I can't really tell if anything changed...
ideally you're not going to see a change. hopefully the humidifier is actually maintaining your guitar by not letting it get too dry. make sure you know how to use it properly.
now if your guitar is dry then you would hopefully see some change to restore it.

taylor guitars has some good information on humidity issues:
go here: http://www.taylorguitars.com/guitars...echsheets.html
and look for anything dealing with humidity, winter, etc.
these things apply to any solid wood guitar. not just taylors.
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Unread 01-06-2004, 12:45 AM   #12
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Actually, I have noticed a change, or it could be in my mind. My guitar seems kinda oily now or something, it's really slick, again, it could just be in my mind
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Actually, I have noticed a change, or it could be in my mind. My guitar seems kinda oily now or something, it's really slick, again, it could just be in my mind
hmm. definitely read the stuff on the taylor site. if you follow that you should be ok. in the meantime you may want to take the humidifier out. learn to use it properly first . you don't want to overdo it and get the guitar too wet.
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Unread 01-06-2004, 01:10 AM   #14
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The only directions are "fill humidifier with distilled water, don't soak the absorbant foam and put it in the guitar in between the strings" (that's the short version)
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Unread 01-06-2004, 03:04 AM   #15
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I got the humidifier thats basically a block you soak in water for five minutes, place it in this little plastic case that it came in, then put it in your guitar case and leave it there. You just have to resoak the thing twice a month. Does anyone know if thats an effective humidifier? It was cheap and I got it at a local music store. Nothing about the kind of water I put it in, just soak the dang thing..... I hope its adaquetly humidifying my poor baby. She's used to the already humid Houston weather and doesnt like the fact that I'm going to school in frigid Illinois. I've had it for two years and have never had to use a humidifier until now....
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