Lanikai_CareGuide

Lanikai_CareGuide
Care Guide
How to Care for Your
Lanikai ukulele
We know Lanikai makes you happy,
but how can you keep your Lanikai happy?
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Humidity and Temperature
T
he most important factor in taking care of your Lanikai
uke is to monitor the humidity and temperature. Lanikais
are most happy when the humidity is between 45-55% and
the temperature is between 72-77 degrees. Too much moisture
in the air could cause the wood to expand and swell, which
could lead to weakened joints, potentially causing the bridge to
become disconnected.
Another implication of too much humidity is that the neck
might bow forward. If you hold the ukulele to eye level and
glance down the neck, you might notice this bow. A slight bow
is not a bad thing and can actually reduce buzzing, but if the
part of the fingerboard that attaches to the top rises too much,
you might need to have a technician work to repair it.
Too much dryness in the air could cause the wood will crack.
Solid wood ukuleles are especially sensitive to too little
humidity. We recommend not placing your ukulele next to a
source of dry heat, especially during the dry winter months for
this reason.
Temperature should also be monitored: if your ukulele has been
exposed to cold temperatures, let it gradually warm up inside
the case to guard against the possibility of the wood cracking.
To better control the environment around your ukulele, we
recommend storing it in a case with a humidifier inside the
case, since it is easier to control the humidity in smaller spaces.
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Cases and Traveling
W
hen storing away your ukulele, don’t worry about
loosening the strings, unless you plan on not taking
it out for a few months at a time. Also, make sure that there
is nothing underneath the head of the ukulele, as cases are
made to correctly balance the instrument. Placing anything
underneath the head will throw off the support and could
damage the neck or even the body.
Take extra care to protect your ukulele while traveling. In the
car, be sure to keep the ukulele in the back seat, rather than the
trunk, as the trunk usually is not temperature controlled.
If traveling by plane, your ukulele should be small enough to
take as a carry on and should fit in the overhead compartment.
Do not “check” your ukulele if you can avoid it, as most
airlines will not take special care to make sure your ukulele is
protected. In any circumstance, a hard case is usually safer.
UC-S Case
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Cleaning and Polishing
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number of chemicals in everyday products such as insect
repellent, alcohol, aftershave lotion, etc. will over time
cause the finish on your ukulele to wear. We recommend
protecting satin and gloss finish of the body by wiping it down
with a warm, damp cloth. Be careful to not use products
containing silicone.
To polish, we recommend picking up polish from your local
music store. These polishes are made especially for instruments
and work well with Lanikais.
Before storing your Lanikai, we recommend wiping it down to
remove harmful skin oils.
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Strings
T
he strings that came with your ukulele are Aquila Nylgut,
but of course string choice is a personal preference. You’ll
notice that after playing for awhile, your ukulele won’t sound
as brilliant and the sound will become increasingly muffled.
When this happens, it is a sign that your strings have started to
wear out and you will want to change out all four of the strings.
How to String a Uke
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1
6
8
4
2
3
7
9
11
10
12
½ in.
Strings
will stretch
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17
14
15
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Action
T
he “action” on a ukulele refers to the height of the strings
from the fingerboard. A higher action can result in
decreased playability, while lower action can result in buzzing
from the strings touching the frets.
If you notice a problem with the action, we recommend taking
your ukulele to an experienced repair person who will adjust
the bridge and saddle to your liking.
Action
Saddle
Bridge
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