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my lp is in the back of my gf's suv in a parking lot in michigan for 3 hours

majick59

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You should be fine. Just let the case and guitar warm up to about room temp BEFORE you open the case.
 

LesPaul59

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Will I most likely be ok or is this thing going to be in bad need of a set up?
Is the guitar in a hard shell case?

Is the parking lot inside or outside?

What temp does your gf usually set the thermostat to while driving?

What's the temp outside now?
 

andersmv

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If it's in a hard case, make sure you don't just bring it inside and open it up to see if it's ok. My biggest concern would be the wood cracking from the extreme temperature change. When you bring it inside from the cold, make sure you sit it (IN the case) inside away from a heater or anything like that. Let it sit in there and acclimate slowly for a few hours before opening it up to check on it.

The worst thing you could do is bring it inside and immediately look in the case, that's when guitars get cracks and issues from being out in the cold.
 

chrisrocksusa

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Is the guitar in a hard shell case?

Is the parking lot inside or outside?

What temp does your gf usually set the thermostat to while driving?

What's the temp outside now?


Its in its hardshell case. Temp is mid 20s and its in an outside parking lot.
 

mrmatt1972

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If you're experiencing the cold snap we are (-30 C) there is a small risk of finish checking just because it is getting really cold, especially if this is an older guitar with a nitro finish (OK, new with nitro is actually more likely to check in the cold). In the 20s F, you're very likely safe, especially if the finish is a modern catalyzed lacquer. All the advise about letting the guitar slowly get up to room temp inside the case is bang on, this is just to protect the finish. There is really no danger of wood damage and there will be no need for a setup, just tune it and play.
 

59Bassman

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LOL, the guitar will be fine. My strats used to live in the back of my Ford Escort in the UP for extended periods when I was in grad school and had a gig in the evening. Just follow the advice above and don't open the case for a while.
 

Killcrop

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Let the guitar warm up in the case. However do what you can to warmup the GF when you bring her in from the cold.
 

Jett

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Back in the day:eek: we never took care of our gigging guitars as far as temps went. They would go in truck hot or cold, pulled out for a gig played back in the truck. Never gave it much thought. We did have a 69 Les Paul gold top that checked, but that was it. My tobacco sunburst Les Paul Deluxe never seemed to care. Very rarely did it even need any tweaking. Hard to believe the shape it is in today after all the gigging we did over the 15 years our group was together.
 

TheBuffalo

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Actually this LP was a tgp emporium purchase. If someone were to steal it, I would prefer it was a fellow tgp member.
Yea man, i mean ill give it back for sure:)

But in all seriousness, back in the day we used to keep guitars in our trunks with no cases or gig bags everything was fine. Theyre made of wood, they may move a little bit but thats what the truss rod is for.

check the neck straightness by using your strings as a straightedge, if it needs a tweak, tweak it. No biggie.
 






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