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BIGDB
02-23-2013, 10:21 AM
I have a Martin s1 and I was thinking about taking the gold stickers off but both my parents don't think i should has anyone done this and did the stickers come off clean?


Thanks

pdxuke
02-23-2013, 12:25 PM
I have a Martin s1 and I was thinking about taking the gold stickers off but both my parents don't think i should has anyone done this and did the stickers come off clean?


Thanks

Don't know. But I agree with your parents.

coolkayaker1
02-23-2013, 12:29 PM
If you never, ever plan to sell it, take the stickers off.

BIGDB
02-23-2013, 12:41 PM
Yeah it's my first uke that I've played it a lot so I'm never gonna sell it. Mostly why I want to pull them off is cause the whole uke looks pretty plain which I like then it's the shiny gold stickers which I don't think fits the whole look very well

Chris Tarman
02-23-2013, 01:51 PM
Yeah it's my first uke that I've played it a lot so I'm never gonna sell it. Mostly why I want to pull them off is cause the whole uke looks pretty plain which I like then it's the shiny gold stickers which I don't think fits the whole look very well

Well, they do make it look like a Martin. I would leave them on. Maybe over the years, as you play it more and they get worn and dinged up, they'll become less shiny.

pdxuke
02-23-2013, 01:58 PM
Well, they do make it look like a Martin. I would leave them on. Maybe over the years, as you play it more and they get worn and dinged up, they'll become less shiny.

I agree with this.

Try and dull them down right now with something temporary. Really, a Martin needs to have the Martin logo. Trust us on this. :-)

coolkayaker1
02-23-2013, 02:12 PM
Really, a Martin needs to have the Martin logo. :-)

Unless he's never going to sell it. Ever. lol Then he could spray paint it black and add rhinestones. :-)

PeteyHoudini
02-23-2013, 02:17 PM
I can understand this issue on another front. I have a Zoom H2n audio recorder and it has a red light always on when it's recording and I see that "red light" and it really bothers me! Argh!

Trying to remove a decal on an S1 is not a good idea unless you don't care how it will look afterwards. If the latter is the case, then just sand it off then re-add varnish or whatever. However, I don't recommend that. I once hated the look of my Les Paul sunburst clone guitar and I sanded it down to see the wood finish and re-finished it. In the end, I tried to convince myself I liked the new look, but I didn't, and it ended up unfortunately in the scrap heap.

Tread carefully... though duct tape will hide it, but that will pull off anything if left too long.

Good luck,

Petey

pdxuke
02-23-2013, 02:40 PM
Unless he's never going to sell it. Ever. lol Then he could spray paint it black and add rhinestones. :-)

Never is a long time. I don't trust never, especially when UAS hits :-)

PeteyHoudini
02-23-2013, 03:08 PM
Never is a long time. I don't trust never, especially when UAS hits :-)
UAS is a very strange virus, indeed... Danger, Will Robinson, danger! hehe I recently bought a RISA ukulele maple soprano stick. That virus can hit at any time!

Petey

Nicko
02-23-2013, 03:35 PM
It'll be really tough to put the logo back on.

roxhum
02-23-2013, 03:38 PM
Okay let's say you never ever sell it and then your grandkids find it in the attic and it would be worth a million dollars, if only it still had the Martin sticker/logo on it.

Nicko
02-23-2013, 03:41 PM
Okay let's say you never ever sell it and then your grandkids find it in the attic and it would be worth a million dollars, if only it still had the Martin sticker/logo on it.

I was thinking of selling my S1...guess I'll wait!

PeteyHoudini
02-23-2013, 03:41 PM
It'll be really tough to put the logo back on.
Hi Nicko... it ain't ever gonna go back if he messes with it... unless he buys a new one.

Petey

roxhum
02-23-2013, 03:45 PM
I was thinking of selling my S1...guess I'll wait!


Ha ha, How old are you? I was thinking like 80 years from now, when a million dollars is like what $300 is today.

Nicko
02-23-2013, 03:51 PM
Ha ha, How old are you? I was thinking like 80 years from now, when a million dollars is like what $300 is today.

I'll never make it. Guess I'll proceed according to plan then. ;)

uke552
02-23-2013, 05:31 PM
Never is a long time. I don't trust never, especially when UAS hits :-)

I agree...I have altered bass guitars thinking "I will never sell this one" only to find out I need some quick cash to fund the "new one that I will never sell." :cool:

coolkayaker1
02-23-2013, 05:32 PM
If you never, ever plan to sell it, take the stickers off.

Pukulele Pete
02-24-2013, 01:52 AM
No , don't take it off . You are talking about the CFMartin on the headstock? Don't take it off , you will regret it someday. I dont think they will come off easily .

Patrick Madsen
02-24-2013, 06:33 AM
Taking the sticker off will definity make it less valuable when selling it or showing it off to someone. I'm sure we've all said that we would never sell this.... instrument. Ha, I can't count the times I've said that and the many times I wish I had that instrumnet back. Dang, it's a Martin be proud of that sticker and it will "dull" up a bit as it ages.

dkpianoman21
02-24-2013, 06:45 AM
Have you thought about taking some 0000 steel wool and lightly polishing the sticker to take a bit of the 'shine' out of it, but still keeping the sticker on the headstock? I agree with the general consensus that it would be negatively impact resale value.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
02-24-2013, 05:16 PM
Lemon juice can melt sticker glue. So can lighter fluid. Can those liquids also damage the finish of your uke's headstock? Probably.

I still have my first bass guitar and my first guitar. Over the years---twenty or so years---I've grown to love of every detail of these instruments' (aesthetically flawed in numerous ways) designs. Keep playing your uke; eventually that sticker will either look great to you or it'll wear off on its own.