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Gaddy
08-01-2014, 02:34 PM
I love the sound of my Islander MC4 ukulele. but, as anyone who has looked at this instrument probably knows, it has a sharp bottom edge on the body. It's really beginning to chafe my right forearm which helps support the Uke while I play!

besides wearing a long sleeve shirt in the island heat, can anyone make a suggestion as to what I can do about this minor problem?

stevepetergal
08-01-2014, 02:48 PM
Taisamlu, on ebay, sells a rosewood armrest. I think they're pretty cheap, too. Worth a try.

Yooke
08-01-2014, 04:04 PM
Is the bridge also sharp? I've seen some pictures and they look like they could use sandpaper

Gaddy
08-02-2014, 07:39 AM
Is the bridge also sharp? I've seen some pictures and they look like they could use sandpaper


I thought of this as well. I was hoping someone with more experience in woodworking and ukulele building would have some advice before I take an orbital sander to me Uke' :cool:

PS- the bridge is also sharp, although that hasn't been a problem as of yet.

seesar
08-03-2014, 07:32 AM
Yea, big pet peeve of mine. How hard is it to round off the edges before finishing? I also don't like sharp edges on the bridge or the nut. I've carefully taken sandpaper to many a uke to make them more comfortable to play. You will destroy the finish, but personally I think it is worth it.

hawaii 50
08-03-2014, 07:47 AM
Yea, big pet peeve of mine. How hard is it to round off the edges before finishing? I also don't like sharp edges on the bridge or the nut. I've carefully taken sandpaper to many a uke to make them more comfortable to play. You will destroy the finish, but personally I think it is worth it.

these ukes are built in China on a production line by people who do not even play the uke....
most ukes I see do not have rounded edges....even custom ukes.... as I am sure not as easy as you think...time consuming..

I guess try to adjust your arm so it does not rest on the edge of the uke....

my 2 cents

kypfer
08-03-2014, 08:57 PM
can anyone make a suggestion as to what I can do about this minor problem?
Fit a strap button and use a strap, or, if drilling the instrument is an unnattractive option, try one of the "leash" options, several of which have been mentioned in other postings on similar subjects. Not only will a strap free up your right arm to do what a right arm needs to do, but it'll make your chord-changes with your left hand easier as well :)