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Thread: C1K sound improved after a crack! Have you experienced something similar?

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    Question C1K sound improved after a crack! Have you experienced something similar?

    I had a martin c1k for little less than a year.

    Though I could see the quality, the ukulele never wowed me.. and UAS set in and went ahead and got many other ukes that sounded better to my years..

    I kept c1k humidified and in a case and would play it sporadically and compare it to my other ukes.

    A few weeks ago, I put on Worth Brown strings and after a few days the uke sounded really nice finger picked but a bit "loose/wobbly" strummed and then I noticed a tiny crack between the bridge and the bottom of the front side of the uke.

    I got it professionally repaired under warranty from Gryphon Strings (Where I bought this uke from).

    I think the crack had more to do than the strings for the improvement in sound.

    Will post an update after a few days of playing without the crack.
    Has something similar happen to you?

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    Yes. My Scott Wise Tenor ukulele which is an expensive instrument hand made in Australia scored a crack a few months ago and has sounded better ever since. I'm still playing it un-repaired.

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    Perhaps this is why Willie Nelson's Trigger sounds so good

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    Yes, I noticed a couple of hairline cracks in this old uke the other day and it sounds awesome now!
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    Just noticed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsfloyd View Post
    Perhaps this is why Willie Nelson's Trigger sounds so good
    CRACK: a line on the surface of something along which it has split without breaking into separate parts.
    HOLE: a hollow place in a solid body or surface.

    Imagine seeing a guitar like that at a yard sale. Would it sell at all - unless it was actually Trigger? I wonder if he has other guitars.

    Trigger.jpg

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    It opened up...literally!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    It opened up...literally!
    So that's what that means!
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