So, I'm spending a few months this fall working in Illinois. I decided to take a few guitars with me. Since I had more guitars than cases, I went down to Guitar Center and bought some cases. I packed up my guitars and spent two days driving cross country. When I got to my destination and unpacked my guitars, I was horrified at the condition of one my guitars.
What was different between that guitar (amber strat at left) and my other guitars? The case I bought for that guitar came with two desiccant packets. I didn't think much about them, and left them in there. Big mistake.
- Strings rusted beyond recognition. I've never seen strings this bad.
- All black hardware on my Floyd (locking bolts at bridge and nut) rusted.
- Neck now had a backbow and the strings were fretting out. The guitar was unplayable.
As for the neck, I waited several days, hoping that it would absorb humidity from the air and straighten out. That never happened, so I changed the strings and adjusted the truss rod last night (there is now .5 -1 mm of relief at the 9th fret when fretting the 3rd and 17th fret). Now it plays like a dream, but the effect the desiccants had on the guitar scares me. I'm peaved at what it did to the black hardware of my Floyd.