trying to fix fender Uke that dried out and cracked

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trying to fix fender Uke that dried out and cracked

Postby Ron Daves » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:26 am

A widow friend brought a cracked fender uke to me the other day. She had it stored up high where the desert heat got to it and it cracked. Then, she dropped it. So the back is trashed and needs replacing. This uke is solid Koa and I'd like to put on a new Koa back but don't need a kit, just a piece of Koa. Anybody know where I might find this. As an alternative, what might be a substitute?
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Re: trying to fix fender Uke that dried out and cracked

Postby Nick Dingle » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:14 am

Don't know the name of the guy in Hawaii offhand. If you can't find the Koa, Australian Blackwood is it's cousin. Don't know if that'll be any easier in the US.....
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Re: trying to fix fender Uke that dried out and cracked

Postby Chris Vallillo » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:19 am

You can almost always find Koa on Ebay, especially Uke size. I've had good luck being tone woods that way.
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Re: trying to fix fender Uke that dried out and cracked

Postby Mark Swanson » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:46 am

Ebay is good, the guy in the islands is Bob Gleason of Pegasus guitars.
Hey Chris, what does it feel like to be a piece of koa? :lol:
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Re: trying to fix fender Uke that dried out and cracked

Postby Ron Daves » Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:06 am

Did some research and found out that this uke is made of solid mahogany. I've never seen Koa, so just assumed that was what this uke was made of. My wife looked at it and said "it's mahogany". She learned this from me. So the question is: Where to find just enough mahogany to replace the back of this uke.
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Re: trying to fix fender Uke that dried out and cracked

Postby Greg Steil » Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:15 pm

If you would message me the size, I would be happy to give you a Mahogany Uke back. I'm sure I have some laying around. Is it a Soprano? I'll include some braces too.
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Re: trying to fix fender Uke that dried out and cracked

Postby Ron Daves » Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:02 am

Greg: Thank you. I found a back and have brace material. Again, Thank you.

Question on project: Where can I find mahogany stain? StewMac & LMI have it at reasonable cost, but shipping is more than the cost of the dye. Any ideas on how I can match the color?
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Re: trying to fix fender Uke that dried out and cracked

Postby Michael Lewis » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:45 am

Mahogany stain available at your local hardware store. Minwax brand is good, as are others. It is a "oil stain" so it must be allowed to dry thoroughly for a few days before applying lacquer or varnish. Just read the instructions.
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Re: trying to fix fender Uke that dried out and cracked

Postby Ron Daves » Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:29 am

Thank you. I'll get some the next time I'm at the hardware store.
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