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roxhum
07-15-2011, 03:13 AM
Oh noooooooooooooo! Last night I had my lovely Black Bear ukulele on the couch with me while watching TV. I like to play during commercials or practice strumming patterns. The cat positioned herself in my lap. This morning I noticed a very short, thin, but deep scratch on the front of my ukulele, I suspect the cat...
The first is always the hardest.

Any suggestions on what to do to make it less noticeable?

Rick Turner
07-15-2011, 03:17 AM
Wear very dark sunglasses.

Anything you do to the uke is likely to make it worse, not better. Finish touchup and repair is one of the most difficult aspects of lutherie. It is time consuming, frustrating, and expensive. Best to learn to live with it. My cat did the same thing to an otherwise perfect 1890s vintage Howe Orme guitar. Oh, well...

Hippie Dribble
07-15-2011, 03:38 AM
oh Roxie. Bummer. To be honest mate, I'm very surprised. Clearly a Black Bear is no match for a cat. Who'd have ever thought it.... :p

Leave it for as long as you can live with it. When it annoys you too much then get it tended to. But like Rick said, those fiddly jobs can get exxy......

roxhum
07-15-2011, 04:06 AM
Rick, did the cat survive? Just kidding of course...
Eugene, too funny I just got it... Black bear no match for a cat.ha ha. As you know this is a little tame and sweet black bear.
For repair I was thinking more on the lines of a brown felt pen or shoe polish to darken the scratch. It isn't so bad really and by next week I probably won't even notice it.

Canoe Lady
07-15-2011, 04:46 AM
Well, Rox, it is obvious one of them needs a new home since they just can't seem to get along and battle it out when you are not watching. Since I am a bit allergic to cats, I will volunteer to remove the offending ukulele from your sight. :) :) :) :)

DAPuke
07-15-2011, 04:59 AM
Ouch, so sorry :(

hoosierhiver
07-15-2011, 05:07 AM
It least the cat didn't pee on it., that would have really been a bummer.

olgoat52
07-15-2011, 05:30 AM
It least the cat didn't pee on it., that would have really been a bummer.

Cleaning Tea off my keyboard and screen.... LOL!

mm stan
07-15-2011, 07:15 AM
That will work and polish afterwards....how deep is the scratch?? Hmm hope the cat survived the wrath of Roxy...he he

SuzukHammer
07-15-2011, 07:52 AM
I am thinking of Steven King's movie Pet Sematary.

Seriously, what kind of cat can't chunk properly?? No more Aldrine videos for Kitty.

patico
07-15-2011, 07:52 AM
hey rox, the uku is a player, and we players always have some kind of scar that "life" gives us...

Doc_J
07-15-2011, 08:15 AM
That will work and polish afterwards....how deep is the scratch?? Hmm hope the cat survived the wrath of Roxy...he he

+1 on polish

A little polish has obscured a few scratches on my ukes.

I like Virtuoso for gloss and Howards Feed N Wax for satin.

TCK
07-15-2011, 08:25 AM
Don't do any of this without posting there first, but I have read in the Luthiers section about all kinds of stuff like a sponge with warm water etc. Don't know how well they work, but you might want to post over there and see what they say (they are a totally separate entity right...).
From my personal experience and 38 year love hate relationship with cats, I have found the Beeman Tibet Almond Stick to be an indispensable part of my arsenal against feline redecorating- but I would ask that as well of the Luthier to see if it is compatible with the finish (it has never harmed anything I have put it on).
Total bummer- I think I reacted the same when I went to take the Risa out of it's case only to find the case soaked in feline jealousy and anguish. Fortunately it did not soak through and my wife is a whiz (no pun...) at removing all traces of accidents.

roxhum
07-15-2011, 08:27 AM
Hmm hope the cat survived the wrath of Roxy...he he

Ha ha, I am sending the cat to Canoe Lady to live with the Flea... I am keeping the Black Bear (Sorry Canoe Lady)

Thank you everyone for your humor and suggestions. I will try a little polish. Stan the scratch is very short but deep enough to remove all the stain so it is noticeable. I think when I got up she must have jumped off my lap and her nail hit the uke on her way down to the floor.

austin1
07-15-2011, 08:38 AM
Any suggestions on what to do to make it less noticeable?

Put more scratches on it? You don't want the scratch to be lonely now.

Canoe Lady
07-15-2011, 08:45 AM
Ha ha, I am sending the cat to Canoe Lady to live with the Flea... I am keeping the Black Bear (Sorry Canoe Lady)


Darn, I better get some claritin. But Rox, really we have other bears here...the Black Bear would really like to meet some of his cousins.

Piikea
07-15-2011, 08:46 AM
SOMETIMES....a moist cloth laid on the scratch with a semi hot soldering iron lightly daubed on the towel where the scratch is will swell or steam the scratch back to original.

I've done it to a non finished guitar with good results, but the scratch never really comes completely out, it's just lifted a bit from the compression of the scratch. Might be best to use something a little less iffy, like Dr. Ducks ax wax or common Pledge to give it some moisture to swell it back out a bit..

mm stan
07-15-2011, 11:36 AM
Automotive products like scratch doctor might work but test it first on the back of the neck to see first on how it reacts with what finish you got...

Doc_J
07-15-2011, 11:45 AM
SOMETIMES....a moist cloth laid on the scratch with a semi hot soldering iron lightly daubed on the towel where the scratch is will swell or steam the scratch back to original.

I've done it to a non finished guitar with good results, but the scratch never really comes completely out, it's just lifted a bit from the compression of the scratch. Might be best to use something a little less iffy, like Dr. Ducks ax wax or common Pledge to give it some moisture to swell it back out a bit..


I'd try a moist paper towel microwaved to raise the scratched wood, if you have to do that. I had used that approach on my Black Bear concert when the head stock "bumped" the corner of a door. Two treatments removed 90% of the bump w/o damaging the finish. I did follow up with Howards Feed N Wax. I can't even see it now.

joeybug
07-15-2011, 11:50 AM
Oh no, Rox! Your cat can join my cats in kitty prison because my two are responsible for sleeping and squashing the strawberry plant despite being told several times it's NOT a bed! They even squashed the only two strawberries we've had so far! >_<

If my kitties touched my Ukes, well let's just say there would be a shouty match...in cat language too!

brucemoffatt
07-15-2011, 12:15 PM
+1 put more scratches on it. Man that stuff just means the uke is getting used. It's a musical instrument, not an article of furniture. Now it has a scratch you have no excuse to baby it. Get it out, play it, accept that play = risk, and play play play that uke.

roxhum
07-15-2011, 12:50 PM
Darn, I better get some claritin. But Rox, really we have other bears here...the Black Bear would really like to meet some of his cousins.

Ha ha, We have bears in our woods too. You aren't prying this bear out of my chubby little hands.

roxhum
07-15-2011, 12:53 PM
+1 put more scratches on it. Man that stuff just means the uke is getting used. It's a musical instrument, not an article of furniture. Now it has a scratch you have no excuse to baby it. Get it out, play it, accept that play = risk, and play play play that uke.


That is funny, "not an article of furniture" you should see what the damn cat did to my dining room table. But I hear you loud and clear I will play play play that lovely uke. It is just the first scratch is always the hardest...

Rick Turner
07-15-2011, 01:00 PM
My cat survived that one...she was a sweet all-black purebred Maine Coon...

Cat pee....well, I did get in a Strat for repairs once that lived in a hardshell case that a cat had peed in. That was the worst smell ever in a guitar shop... Vintage Strat and vintage case. Vintage pee as well...

roxhum
07-15-2011, 01:05 PM
I read somewhere to never leave your case open because the cat WILL 100% sooner or later pee in the case.

I love Maine Coon Cats, so big and lovable. My friend had a black one too that weighed some enormous amount.

mm stan
07-15-2011, 01:37 PM
Ted Nugent...Cat Scratch Fever... he he or Saturday Night Fever?? sorry I thought I was at this and that word game...

OldePhart
07-15-2011, 03:08 PM
My cat survived that one...she was a sweet all-black purebred Maine Coon...

Cat pee....well, I did get in a Strat for repairs once that lived in a hardshell case that a cat had peed in. That was the worst smell ever in a guitar shop... Vintage Strat and vintage case. Vintage pee as well...

eeeewwwee :)

OldePhart
07-15-2011, 03:09 PM
Just one more reason in my long list of reasons not to like cats. :)

Dogs, now, that's another story. A good dog would have chewed that thing up right proper so you'd have a real story to tell! LOL

roxhum
07-15-2011, 06:29 PM
Just one more reason in my long list of reasons not to like cats. :)

Dogs, now, that's another story. A good dog would have chewed that thing up right proper so you'd have a real story to tell! LOL

Ha ha, I was just pondering on how I leave my ukes laying around and how lucky that I have old dogs who don't chew things up.

ADD
07-15-2011, 07:17 PM
Ha ha, I am sending the cat to Canoe Lady to live with the Flea... I am keeping the Black Bear (Sorry Canoe Lady)

Thank you everyone for your humor and suggestions. I will try a little polish. Stan the scratch is very short but deep enough to remove all the stain so it is noticeable. I think when I got up she must have jumped off my lap and her nail hit the uke on her way down to the floor.

Canoe Lady, me thinks you set yourself up for that one. Enjoy the cat.

TCK
07-15-2011, 07:33 PM
Just one more reason in my long list of reasons not to like cats. :)

Dogs, now, that's another story. A good dog would have chewed that thing up right proper so you'd have a real story to tell! LOL
Hahahaha- I will take me dogs any day- at least when they are through with it...it is over ;)

wolfybau
07-16-2011, 02:24 AM
Ha ha, I am sending the cat to Canoe Lady to live with the Flea... .


oh no , please don't give your cat fleas! :P

or Flukes either...