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Pukulele Pete
11-17-2009, 03:54 AM
I just thought I would show off my Martin SO. I put markers on the fretboard
in the style of a vintage style 1. I also put markers on the neck. Really dresse up the SO, they should have done this at the factory. I am really pleased with how it came out.

ukantor
11-17-2009, 04:04 AM
Looks good!

John C.

erich@muttcrew.net
11-17-2009, 04:46 AM
Martin style for sure. I like 'em.

lefty dan
11-17-2009, 05:40 AM
Pete that looks great!
I just got a used So and want to do the same thing. How did you do it. With a hand drill or a drill press ex..
Dan

UKISOCIETY
11-17-2009, 06:10 AM
Wonderful job! Martin should take note and do this for all the new SO's.

Timbuck
11-17-2009, 06:18 AM
I'd be tempted to get out the carving chisles ..and put a chamfer on the toe end of the fretboard.:rolleyes:like the old Martins.

UKISOCIETY
11-17-2009, 06:39 AM
I'd be tempted to get out the carving chisles ..and put a chamfer on the toe end of the fretboard.:rolleyes:like the old Martins.
Yes, I've thought that myself. The older ones are so elegant in comparison. Why Martin won't just reproduce what they did previously is a mystery to me.

Pukulele Pete
11-17-2009, 08:01 AM
you know this thing is easier to play now. It seems more ukulele like with the markers. It seemed alittle generic before. It looks great now. What I did was use side markers I got off Ebay. They are small plastic rods. I masked off the areas where I was drilling. I measured twice and marked my spots, I should have measured three times but its hard to see. I used an awl to start each hole and drilled thru the tape.Drill through the tape in case the bit wanders.I used my Dremel with a 5/64's bit.
Put some titebond on the end of the rod and shove it in.
Snip off the excess but leave about 1/8 inch sticking out. After its dry (I waited a day) trim it very carefully with an exacto knife. Voila ! I thought about the champfer and may do it but I'm worried about matching the stain. Now it looks like a Martin.

ukantor
11-17-2009, 08:13 AM
I'd use the Exacto knife, and nail file type sanding board, to round off the end of the fingerboard. I reckon the re-stained end will look fine so long as it is a bit darker, not lighter.

John Colter.

Pukulele Pete
11-18-2009, 08:32 AM
Looking back at what I did if I were to do it again I would mask my frets with the strings on ( tape it under the strings ) and find my spots based on where the strings are rather than measuring the fretboard. The strings are not always centered perfectly on the fretboard. Then I would take my strings off and think about drilling. My markers are a tiny bit off but I'm hoping I'm the only one that notices.

UKISOCIETY
11-18-2009, 09:42 AM
Here's what Tom Guy, from Bluegrass Ukuleles, did for my S-O:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3130/2575603074_52559a69dd_b.jpg

I'm more confident playing it now with the markers.

erich@muttcrew.net
11-18-2009, 10:50 AM
My markers are a tiny bit off but I'm hoping I'm the only one that notices.

Not to worry, Pete. Just keep those fingers movin, keep the stings strummin and no one will ever see the difference. ;)

lefty dan
11-18-2009, 12:25 PM
Got my eBay Martin so yesterday. Already ordered fret markers. Had them waiting for the uke. I put the fret markers on yesterday and they turned out nice. Style o white pearl. I am going to order side markers next and put them on.
Making the martin look the way it should is fun. Thanks for the ideas.
Dan
Photos soon.

Pukulele Pete
11-19-2009, 01:22 AM
I recommend this to anyone with an SO. This has really transformed the uke,now it is more user friendly. This is now my "go to " uke. It used to sit in its case. I liked it but but it was very plain and it was like playing blind before.
For me, the transformation is dramatic. This is now a great uke.

lefty dan
11-19-2009, 03:56 AM
So what strings have you guys put on your SO that work for you. I just got mine and bought a set of Martin Fluorocarbons. I will put them on tomorrow.
Dan

Pukulele Pete
11-19-2009, 04:37 AM
Martin Fluorocarbons

UKISOCIETY
11-19-2009, 06:30 AM
I currently have low G Guadalupe strings on them. Sounds awesome - check this Tom Waits video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBh2LxD1qfU) I did with it.

Pukulele Pete
11-19-2009, 07:34 AM
You did a GREAT job with that song. Great Tom Waites song. Thanks

lefty dan
11-19-2009, 08:26 AM
I injoyed that.
Thanks

UKISOCIETY
11-19-2009, 08:26 AM
You did a GREAT job with that song. Great Tom Waites song. Thanks

Thank you, sir!:)

lefty dan
11-20-2009, 03:44 AM
Last night I put the Martin Fluorocarbon strings on my new/used Martin SO uke and they sound a lot better than the stock strings that were on it.

Pete- Alan, whats next for your Martins?

JBennett
11-20-2009, 07:33 AM
Nice work. Love those tiny dots. I wish I'd used the 5/64 bit on my neck. I think I used a 7/64.

Great job.

Again, here is mine (I used Magic-Sculpt to fill the drilled marker holes and went with the O style dot pattern.)

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x23/jonathanbennett120/DSC03330.jpg

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x23/jonathanbennett120/DSC03321.jpg

lefty dan
11-20-2009, 12:32 PM
Hey any Martin SO owners use the Johnsons paste wax on there uke. A flyer I got with mine said to use it for protection.
I wonder if it will change the looks or color?
Would it fill the pores a little?

If youve used it on you SO uke let us know how it worked please.
Dan

Pukulele Pete
11-22-2009, 09:00 AM
I've been wondering about different finishes on a Martin SO. Has anyone used clear lacquer on one? Is it compatible? I've been thinking about putting a radius at the end of the fretboard. Then putting a darker stain on the fretboard and a coat of lacquer over the body. I'm wondering if I can make it look like a vintage Martin. I'm thinking I should forget it and quit while I'm ahead.

Timbuck
11-22-2009, 10:01 AM
I've been wondering about different finishes on a Martin SO. Has anyone used clear lacquer on one? Is it compatible? I've been thinking about putting a radius at the end of the fretboard. Then putting a darker stain on the fretboard and a coat of lacquer over the body. I'm wondering if I can make it look like a vintage Martin. I'm thinking I should forget it and quit while I'm ahead. You'l need to sand down the sharp edges around the headstock and radius the chunky shape of the bridge to get it more vintage looking...I've had a play on an SO and it sounds ok and plays well...best leave alone.

lefty dan
11-22-2009, 10:41 AM
O.K. I finally got around to posting photos of my Martin SO. I put three style o fret markers on and a strap button. I also bought a camo bag.
Anyone in the market for a Martin uke bag??
Next I will put side markers on it.

Thanks for all the help and photos. Im thinking about putting Johnson's past wax on it. Please tell me not to if it will mess it up? Martin has a care and feeding pamphlet that says to put it on.

Dan




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Pukulele Pete
11-22-2009, 12:03 PM
Nice job. Looks good. These ukes are begging for it. Really makes a big difference.

lefty dan
11-22-2009, 12:20 PM
ya, I saw yours and others and had to do it.
How can anyone play with out markers of some sort.
Next side markers.
Know anything about the Johnson's past wax?

camface
11-22-2009, 12:56 PM
How can anyone play with out markers of some sort.


By closing your eyes!

lefty dan
11-22-2009, 02:39 PM
yea I guess it is better to know your fret board. But when your trying to learn a new song the markers sure help.

camface
11-22-2009, 03:34 PM
I agree. I've played guitars and ukes with no fretmarkers, and each time if I try to look at what I'm doing, I just mess up. But then I close my eyes and I play so much better. Of course, these are songs I already know :P

Pukulele Pete
11-26-2009, 05:22 AM
For anyone that wants markers and doesnt want to do any surgery on their
uke can go to Ebay and find fret marker vinyl stickers that are made for guitars but the smaller ones should fit a uke. I just ordered skull and crossbones for one of my ukes.

Pukulele Pete
12-04-2009, 08:05 AM
Just put skull and crossbones on one of my ukes with the vinyl stickers and I think it looks great. It is hard to tell that they are not mother of pearl inlays.
Now I'm thinking about painting my uke black to go with the skulls.