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Thread: Care for a solid top / laminate body

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    Default Care for a solid top / laminate body

    If a uke has a solid top only and laminate body - do you still need to keep a check on humidity / use a humidifier / keep it in a case?

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    Join Date
    Aug 2017


    I keep a humidifier in the case, even with my all laminate uke. The neck and fret board need humidity. I didn't humidify once and got sharp fret ends aka "fret sprout." With a solid top, I'd humidify if you live in a dry climate, or use forced air heat in winter.
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    Join Date
    Jan 2013


    Here's my single data point: I've had a solid top uke hanging on the wall for a couple years without issue. The humidity gauge next to it occasionally gets down to the low end of 20% in the winter. I'm in North Carolina (Raleigh area).
    Last edited by Falcan; 01-12-2019 at 06:10 PM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Ames, Iowa/San Juan, Puerto Rico


    I do. It takes so little effort and expense, why not?
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2014


    A solid wood top requires the exact same care as an all solid wood instrument. Even laminates, although a bit more resiliant, will suffer from dryness (sharp frets to begin with). Wooden instruments are actually similar to human beings: best for them is a relative humidity of about 40-55 percent.
    Enjoying instruments by - Beau Hannam - Jay Lichty - Jerry Hoffmann - Luis Feu de Mesquita - Kala - Kamaka - Kanile'a - KoAloha - Ko'olau - Moore Bettah - Pono - Romero Creations - and others

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    Join Date
    Dec 2018


    I have a solid top with laminated bod and an all solid. I have never had any problem, but I moniter the humidity in the winter. here. It normally stays from about 45 through 35 in my house in winter. When it goes below 40 I humidify. It is easy and doesnt take much effort. Better safe than sorry I feel

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