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09-05-2015, 05:32 AM
So I got home one day and found out that the bridge of my ukulele came off. I suspect it has something to do with my country's perpetually burning hot weather. Someone told me that I can just use wood glue to fix this.

My problem has something to do with putting the strings on mu ukulele. This is my first instrument and I have no experience with restringing. I watched videos on youtube but I remain clueless because I think my uke has a different kind of bridge. The ones I saw in the videos have these holes where strings can pass through, while mine has none. Does anyone know how to? It's an Anuenue Hulala Ocean Series, by the way. And sorry for this noob question.

This is how my ukulele is supposed to look like http://76.my/Malaysia/brand-makai-ukulele-soprano-pineapple-design-uk-55p-emmusic-1402-07-emmusic@3.jpg

This is my actual ukulele

Jacman Rasta Bicycle
09-05-2015, 06:13 AM
I have 20 thumbs on each hand, so all i can advise regarding the bridge is to bring it to a luthier and have it done. I hope there will be several of our fellow undergrounders who can instruct you how to reattach the bridge yourself.

as for stringing...at one end of the string, tie a knot (you might need a double knot for the A string). Slide the string thru the slot and the knot will stop it from advancing.

09-05-2015, 06:39 AM
What country are you in? I saw Malaysia in the photo link.
If you are in MY there is a very respected luthier in KL named Jeffrey Yong.

You could glue it back on yourself if you feel confident in your wood-working skills.
I am sure you could search how to re-attach a bridge on the inter-webs if you are not near a luthier.
But any reason to go KL would be worth it to me. =)

09-05-2015, 07:12 AM
You have a slotted bridge. Nothing wrong with that. This video shows how to re-string such a ukulele. Skip to 19 minutes and 20 seconds.
The instructions for tying the knot are at the beginning of the video. The rest of the video covers three other kinds of bridges.

Here's another video:

Whatever glue you use, you might need a special clamp to hold the bridge in place... not to mention careful measuring to be certain the scale length is correct. You might search on the luthier's forum, or search the Stew-Mac site. Here's one example:

Good luck!

09-05-2015, 09:35 AM
From the picture it looks like it has guide pegs for alignment. Don't know how tight the fit is.

09-05-2015, 10:58 AM
HMS has a video somewhere on youtube. I believe Corey is doing the tutorial. The hardest thing you will do is change them the first time, after that it's a snap. One other tip, invest in a peg winding tool, they are worth the investment.

09-05-2015, 05:57 PM
Thanks for the reply, everyone. The bridge and pegs still fit really tightly. And to the one asking me if I leave in Malaysia, I don't. Special thanks to the one who posted about slotted bridge!

09-05-2015, 06:18 PM
Thanks for the reply, everyone. The bridge and pegs still fit really tightly. And to the one asking me if I leave in Malaysia, I don't. Special thanks to the one who posted about slotted bridge!

You might get more direct help with doing the repair yourself if you post your message and photos over in the 'Ukulele Building/Luthiers Lounge' section of the forum.

it is here: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/forumdisplay.php?30-Ukulele-Building-Luthier-s-Lounge

One thing to be sure - if you do the repair yourself, you have to remove ALL of the old glue from both the soundboard, AND the bottom of the bridge, typically with a fine grit sandpaper, and go SLOWLY, until it is bare wood, BEFORE you apply NEW glue, otherwise you will not have a strong enough bond for the bridge to resist the string tension, and the same thing will happen again with the bridge coming off.

I am not a luthier, but in that part of the forum there are MANY experts who might be able to guide you to do this yourself, even with minimal tools, but you have to go over there and ask :)