Hi I wanted to share with you my method of protecting the beautiful cedar top on my new (used) Kala Concert Kala\Cedar limited edition uke.
Here are two pictures showing the pattern, an extra protector, and finished product, I put it under glare on purpose to see there is almost no difference in the glare on the part that is protected.
Also a picture of my new Ceder top Uke next to my beautiful Antonio Loriente cedartop "Clarita" which is my main instrument.
NOTE: the picutre shows the protector in place, practically invisible!
I used an Ipad Screen protector (much cheaper), the one that has the actual protector sandwiched between two clear sheets. Anyway, I made a pattern on an 8x10 piece of paper by tracing the area on the uke. just put the paper on top between the strings and carefully trace the outline with a pencil. I did it inside leaving the perfing exposed.
I used a small can to make a perfect circle of the soundhole.
I then cut the pattern on paper, and used it to trace on top of the Sandwiched plastic screen protector.
NOTE: YOU NEED to make sure to draw on the TOP of the protector so the adhesive side is on the right side.
Once the outline and the inside (fretboard and sound hole) were cut,
I took off both (non-adhesive sheets) off the protector, and gently and carefully slid it between the strings and the uke. Air bubbles are not as critical as when doing this to an ipad, and they will dissapear in a day or two.
I have a similar setup on my spruce top but that was the expensive pick guard and I see no difference except the price.
These are static, with very light adhesive, so they won't damage the instrument and can always be taken off.
Now I can strum away to my heart's content.
By the way, you can check out some of my classical guitar stuff on http://www.youtube.com/user/olarte99 - No uke videos yet...
Hope this helps you as well.