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cb56
07-05-2011, 02:23 AM
Anyone put a pickguard on their ukes? Anyplace to buy one?
My sweaty fingers are already eating through the finish on my new DS Gill uke so I think I'll add a pickguard. I don't want it looking like willie nelson's guitar by next month.
I was thinking something like a mini version of a martin acoustic guitar pickguard or a Taylor.

PhilUSAFRet
07-05-2011, 03:06 AM
May have to make your own due to different uke sizes, sound holes, etc. Lots of folks using clear pick guard, but a great source for pickguard material is guitarfetish.com
Have to be careful, some guitar pickgards materials too thick.

funnyguy0804
07-05-2011, 05:07 AM
Hope this one would help...
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Pickguards/Pickguard_materials/Clear_Pickguard_Materials.html
It's like sticker, and it's clear, so you can save the looks on the top of the ukulele without covering it up with another decal :)
You can cut the sheet into any shape you want, big or small, just the way you like it~
Got a little piece myself too ;)

ukeeku
07-05-2011, 05:18 AM
Hey Chris!!
If you buy they StewMac stuff I will split the cost with you. I would take 2 of the 4 in the pack. If you want I will order it and you you pay me. your choice

soarcj
07-05-2011, 05:23 AM
I didn't want to stick something on my uke because of the finish and changing the vibration of the uke so I got the idea of using a clamp on viola chin rest which clamps on to the edge of the uke and extends a 1/16th of an inch above the surface of the uke to the fingerboard and can be taken off easily without marring the uke soarcj

ukeeku
07-05-2011, 05:27 AM
at 0.13mm thick. it will not do anything to the sound. a thick plastic one might. Nice idea with the viola chin rest.

fumanshu
07-05-2011, 06:02 AM
All my ukes have some clear protective film on them. I use the same that are used on flamenco guitar for the golpe. It's thin and damn durable and will protect your uke even for very hard and fast strumming a la Jake.

It won't change anything to the sound of your uke since it's very thin. I always put one for the upper and one for the lower part...the upper is usefull if you're doing some tapping on your uke. It's also useful if you're doing some triplets and you come up with your thumb...when going fast, you can touch your soundboard.

It's very cheap also! You should look for a luthier near where you live. Most of the time, they do have some in stock since it's quite an usefull accesories in the classical and flamenco guitar world.

uke5417
07-05-2011, 06:12 AM
I never care about my ukes getting chewed up. That said, I've an old Regal on which the gouging was so bad I was about to put a hole in the thing, so I cut a custom guard from some material I got from Luthiers Mercantile. The sight of a pickguard on a uke ain't pretty, but it works fine.

jerickson
07-05-2011, 09:16 AM
Please keep in mind that clear plastic Kling-On type pickguard material specifically says that the finish should be cured for a MINIMUM of 6 months and the material should be removed immediately each time after you play...especially if the finish on your instrument is nitro-cellulose lacquer. I learned the hardway after a week-long guitar festival, 4 of the guitars we were showing had a bad chemical reaction with the Kling-On material and they had bubbles and ripples in the finish once we removed the Kling-On material. The tops on all four guitars had to have the finish repaired. It was very time consuming and labor intensive to repair the guitars, not to mention that it took them off of the active market!!! Understand, it was our fault because we ripped the packaging open and stuck them on the guitars to protect them during the festival without reading the packaging. That was a hard lesson learned!!!!

Jon

cb56
07-05-2011, 12:05 PM
Hey Chris!!
If you buy they StewMac stuff I will split the cost with you. I would take 2 of the 4 in the pack. If you want I will order it and you you pay me. your choice

Sounds like a plan. If you don't mind getting it that would be cool. We'll get together soon and I can show you what's going on with my GS Gill.
I think I have acidic sweat that is causing this. When I was young trombone player my hands ate the laquer of my trombone where I held it.

btw my uke was made in oct. 2010 so we should be good on the finish being over 6 months.
Also I sent an email to WD who does alot of custom pickguards for guitars. They wanted $35 to do one but I could design it however I wanted. Maybe later.

mds725
07-05-2011, 12:26 PM
I didn't want to stick something on my uke because of the finish and changing the vibration of the uke so I got the idea of using a clamp on viola chin rest which clamps on to the edge of the uke and extends a 1/16th of an inch above the surface of the uke to the fingerboard and can be taken off easily without marring the uke soarcj

Interesting idea! Is there any way that you could post a photo fo what you did using the viola chin guard? That would be great!

cb56
12-10-2013, 05:39 AM
Well, over two years later I finally get around to doing something about it.
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I was worried about the pickguard effecting the sound but I hear no difference before and after.
Did this freehand with a pair of scissors so not the greatest job, but at least I know my uke will be around in playable shape for years to come.

tonet
12-10-2013, 07:27 AM
I prefer to just keep the magohany look in my uke and I don't care about nails' scratches on the ukulele surface. In fact I feel that is more interesting to see that my instruments are being played a lot.

cb56
12-10-2013, 08:56 AM
If it was just nail scratches I'd agree with you. mine was heading in this direction.
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Chris Tarman
12-11-2013, 01:27 PM
Well, over two years later I finally get around to doing something about it.
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I was worried about the pickguard effecting the sound but I hear no difference before and after.
Did this freehand with a pair of scissors so not the greatest job, but at least I know my uke will be around in playable shape for years to come.

That's pretty cool. I've been thinking about doing something like that with one of my Fleas, but mainly just because I love tortoise-shell.

kohanmike
12-11-2013, 07:55 PM
My first uke 5 months ago was a Maholo UT-30 Fender Telecaster style. It didn't have the iconic pick guard, so I made one myself, cutting out a plastic For Lease sign, pure white on the back. Came out really well, but it only took a couple of weeks to find that soprano was too small for me, so I sold it and went tenor only.

I just ordered an East-Start arch-top steel string that also does not have the classic pick guard, it looks a lot like my Ibanez arch-top, so I may just make a pick guard for the East-Start too.

http://www.kohanmike.com/images/u1aMahalo.jpghttp://www.kohanmike.com/images/Mahalo tele pick guard.jpg

http://www.kohanmike.com/images/archtop style.jpghttp://www.kohanmike.com/images/arctop pickguard.jpg