How do you keep your ukulele in good condition?
Well, you probably have a good idea, but I’ll proceed anyway.
You see, taking care of this jumping flea is not that complicated. There are only a few things to know to make sure it will last for years (or even a lifetime!). A ukulele will continue to sound and play well if it is well maintained.
Alright, so let’s jump right into the meat of this topic. To keep your uke in tiptop shape, here are the things to consider:
TemperatureYou have to keep your uke in a cool dry place. Don’t expose it to extreme heat or cold for a long time as it will make the wood brittle. I’m sure you don’t want to get cracks or warps on your ukulele.
Clean your ukeRegularly clean your ukulele. A very common favourite for cleaning is the Dunlop 65 lemon oil. It helps protect the fretboard from being penetrated by sweat and dust (smells awesome too!). Do not use furniture polish or just any ordinary wax as it can possibly cause some problems with the wood. Use a cleaning cloth to wipe the surface of the wood. (Cleaning cloth is included in our ukulele tribal bundle bonus pack)
StringsYou have to replace the strings at least once a year. Much better if you can replace it twice or more. You see, even if the strings don’t break, they get inconsistencies in the radius as time passes. Especially if you frequently play your ukulele.
The changing weather condition greatly affects any wood instrument. Your ukulele is no exception. Too much humidity can cause swelling and lead to a number of problems. However, too little humidity is scarier and can cause more trouble. This usually happens during winter or summer when the extreme weather condition makes the air dry. This quickly leads to cracks, neck angles being off, or fret ends sticking out.
So what should you do? When you’re not playing the uke, make sure it is kept in a case with a humidifier(if humidity level goes below 40%). This will keep the wood healthy and playable. All of our hard cases come with a free humidifier.
That should be it for now. Follow these tips and your ukulele should be in good shape for years to come.