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Joko
05-12-2018, 03:36 AM
I haven't got the opinion of a local luthier (there's not that many here in Yangon, Myanmar) yet, but before I even bother, I thought I'd seek an opinion here. I don't know if it's even worth trying to fix this uke. This Hulala concert uke only cost me $85 in Bangkok.

On a recent motorcycle journey, the uke case accidentally got positioned in front of the exhaust pipe of the bike. The heat from the 6-hour ride burned a hole in the case and then destroyed the headstock. Tuning pegs melted. The nut melted.

I don't know. Whaddya think? Is this fixable?

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TjW
05-12-2018, 06:12 AM
Sure, why not? Replace the tuning machines, change to a bone nut.
If the headstock is a little discolored, then you've got a story to tell.

printer2
05-12-2018, 06:24 AM
A Torrified uke. They charge more for that.

DPO
05-12-2018, 10:19 AM
Easy fix , however it will probably cost you the price of the uke. Does it have sentimental value?, could be cheaper to replace it.

anthonyg
05-12-2018, 01:00 PM
The nut and the tuning machines are replaceable and it may not cost that much where you live. No harm in asking.

What I would be concerned about and we cant see in the picture is did the neck stay straight after all the heat? If the neck warped at all I wouldn't spend the money on fixing it.

Choirguy
05-12-2018, 01:24 PM
Four tuning heads and nut should not be a lot of money. If you like the ukulele, fix it.

Joko
05-12-2018, 05:33 PM
The nut and the tuning machines are replaceable and it may not cost that much where you live. No harm in asking.

What I would be concerned about and we cant see in the picture is did the neck stay straight after all the heat? If the neck warped at all I wouldn't spend the money on fixing it.

No, the neck appears undamaged, and the the charring of the headstock has given it a nice color, so I'll see if I can get it fixed. Just waiting for a local luthier recommended by a friend to get back to me.

spongeuke
05-13-2018, 07:50 PM
I bet the strings are a bit melted as well.

Inksplosive AL
05-15-2018, 08:47 AM
Glancing at your vids riding your motorcycle where you do I would assume your a resourceful guy. Pretend the uke is your bike and you're stuck you'll do fine fixing it yourself I would think.

resoman
05-15-2018, 11:24 AM
I also liked your blog/vids. Very kool

Bad Juju
05-16-2018, 09:02 AM
Joko, I'm also reading through your blog. At first I thought i'd take a quick look and that would be it. But now I'm hooked! I'm a bit jealous of how you were able to get rid of all your crap. I need to get rid of a lot of crap and you are my inspiration. I'm going to work on purging.

I've read up to your first day in Thailand. I got to visit Phattaya Beach courtesy of the United States Navy. It was a great experience. (No, I don't mean the kind of experience many think of when imagining sailors on shore leave! :D)

Sorry to hijack your repair thread.