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Old 2011-03-19, 06:30
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I'm probably way too late posting this, but perhaps it will be useful information to anyone else who reads this sub-forum.

If your guitar/bass has been out in the cold for a long time, leave it IN THE CASE for at least 15 minutes after bringing it into the venue you're playing at, or after bringing it home or whatever. It can be very hard on an instrument to be in extreme cold one moment, then be brought out into a warm room moments later. Years ago, one of my fathers guitarists drove for two hours to a gig in -50 C (-58 F) and when he got to the venue they were playing at, he took his strat right out of the case and started tuning up. Luckily it was only the neck that warped and had to be replaced.

The best thing to do is bring your case(s) into the venue, set it down on the stage or wherever, open the latches, and prop the lid up with something like a cigarette pack or a lighter or whatever, just to open it slightly, about an inch or so. That way the indoor temperature will get in slowly and the instrument won't be exposed to the warmth suddenly. It should be okay after about 10-15 minutes.
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