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electrauke
02-04-2013, 06:10 PM
My local music shop that I get my lessons from has a dusty Johnson Soprano ukulele that is missing a bridge. I offered to buy it from him because I want to fix it up. He said he would sell it to me for $25. I think I might be able to get it down to $20. Is it worth it?

mattydee
02-04-2013, 06:17 PM
My local music shop that I get my lessons from has a dusty Johnson Soprano ukulele that is missing a bridge. I offered to buy it from him because I want to fix it up. He said he would sell it to me for $25. I think I might be able to get it down to $20. Is it worth it?

My experience with Johnson says no. But if you have the $20 to spare, it could be a good project.

Hippie Dribble
02-04-2013, 06:21 PM
hey Andre, as a project for project's sake, sure it's worth it. You may learn a number of lessons re the technical sides of set-up that will pay for itself many times over. Plus, you'll have a new uke as well as the satisfaction that comes from such an undertaking. :)

stevepetergal
02-04-2013, 06:22 PM
The Johnson will be worth less than the cost of the glue you use to fix it. But, you might find the experience valuable.

Dan Uke
02-04-2013, 07:01 PM
you know how to make a bridge?

Newportlocal
02-04-2013, 07:22 PM
you know how to make a bridge?

This would be easier.

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bridges,_tailpieces/Ukulele_bridges/Ukulele_Bridge_with_Saddle.html?actn=100101&xst=3&xsr=777

Mim
02-05-2013, 12:48 AM
I say for $20 and the cost of a new bridge it would make a great uke to loan out and share the uke love!

guitarsnrotts
02-05-2013, 06:23 AM
Had one. Bad intonation and couldn't get it right after many hours of setup work. Sold it and never looked back.

OldePhart
02-05-2013, 06:48 AM
I think when you get done all you'd have to show for your $20, and the time, expense, and effort to make and position a bridge, is the experience of making and positioning a bridge...

BTW, I don't think I'd be likely to buy anything else from that shop either! ($25 for a Johnson with the bridge not just off but missing is nothing short of robbery, in my opinion.)

John

hoosierhiver
02-05-2013, 07:26 AM
If you want a project it might be fun, but that's a poor quality ukulele.

teruterubouzu
02-05-2013, 05:31 PM
Don't do it. I paid Amazon a whopping $32 for a Johnson ukulele just after Christmas. It was cute, but terrible. The only good thing about it was that it was cheap enough that I bought it on a whim and it gave me the chance to realize I really do love ukulele and want to learn to play. That thing went back to Amazon just as soon as a better starter uke arrived for me from HMS.

kissing
02-06-2013, 03:03 AM
They should be putting that thing in the trash, or requesting people to take it away for free....

electrauke
02-06-2013, 11:49 AM
Ok, that is good to know.