View Full Version : Down one Ukulele.

02-24-2017, 02:38 PM
My son was playing with his ukulele tonight, and he doesn't know what happened.

This was the "buy a ukulele so that the kids stay away from my ukuleles" ukulele. It was $24 and it served its purpose! That could have been my Opio.

02-24-2017, 02:45 PM
Glue it back together, it'll be fine. I'd be more worried about what it hit, maybe a door or piece of furniture?

02-24-2017, 03:04 PM
+ 1

02-24-2017, 03:17 PM
Oops! Dadgummit.

02-24-2017, 03:17 PM
Just for fun, at that suggestion, I glued it. I don't see how it will withstand the pressure of two strings (the break runs under one of the tuning pegs), but I have some Gorilla Wood Glue, so why not.

02-24-2017, 03:20 PM
It can't hurt. I've seen guitars that were stepped in repaired to like new.

02-24-2017, 03:23 PM
Kids have the darndest ways of breaking things. Sometimes I see something broken by a kid and I have to do some deep analysis on how and why it broke that way!

02-24-2017, 03:27 PM
"...he doesn't know what happened to it." :music:

I think I've heard that before. (Father of three boys)

02-24-2017, 03:31 PM
That is what happens when you tune it up a fifth!

02-24-2017, 04:48 PM
Actually, the way it ended, it was a second. That has two meanings: two pieces or two strings left. Your choice. :)

02-24-2017, 05:02 PM
He doesn't know what happened...
I have heard that from every boy who has ever passed through the door of my classroom...and that is a lot. No telling when they will say it, but they will. Hilarious.

02-24-2017, 05:23 PM
I was (am) an only child, so I never had anyone else to blame. If I broke it, it didn't make sense to deny it or come up with a cover story. That, I think, is why Calvin and Hobbes speak so strongly to me (I own the bound collection, although I found the entire book scanned one time!)

02-24-2017, 06:51 PM
That was definitely a well spent $24. I haven't stopped laughing since "He doesn't know how it happened"

02-24-2017, 08:52 PM
Just for fun, at that suggestion, I glued it. I don't see how it will withstand the pressure of two strings (the break runs under one of the tuning pegs), but I have some Gorilla Wood Glue, so why not.

Shouldn't be a problem with appropriate glue. The bridge on an old "wall-hanger" I've got popped off one evening, for no apparent reason other than old age. I slackened the strings, glued it and clamped it for the recommended time and re-tuned it (to D ... it sounds better there). It's been back on the wall ever since and still plays in tune if one of the old wooden taper-fit tuning pegs hasn't slipped :)

02-24-2017, 11:00 PM
This is why my two year old daughter has her own dolphin.

02-25-2017, 02:54 AM
I have not seen tuners like that on low cost Mahalos. The current models seem to have a dolphin shaped metal bracket on the back of the headstock. The older models I have seen have different tuning machines. Do you know what model it is?

I sure do! MK1 Kahiko Series. The butterscotch color is $30 right now.


This is the model we bought in January 2016 for our school. Purchasing 58 of them. I personally bought my own for my sons at that same time. We ordered in batches. Most were bought at $24, but prices went up by the end to $36. This year, we sold these off (after a donation from Kala in March 2016) for $12 to students (they were well used and we also included a tuner) and replaced them with Concert and Tenor Caramels.

chuck in ny
02-25-2017, 03:14 AM
that gorilla glue is going to fix things, it's way more than is needed for strength. you have to hand it to the kid. he was really trying.

02-25-2017, 03:49 AM
Whenever I used to complain to my dad about something of mine that my kids destroyed, he would come up with something of his that my brother and I destroyed. And I never won that argument.

02-25-2017, 04:32 AM
When I was a kid on our Missouri farm, my dad would yell at me. "Son, you could tear up a crow bar in a plowed field"! Just the other day, I dinged one of my favorite ukes...don't know how it happened.

02-25-2017, 07:08 AM
In this sad moment of another Uke passing, let us have a moment of silence please ..... :rulez:

02-25-2017, 01:13 PM
Not sure I would blame your son, looks to me like there may have been a pre existing crack, the tension of the strings caused it to let go and just tore the chunk out.

Bad luck.:(