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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    I thought so too, at first. After stringing a uke as string-thru a few times, I figured out that inserting the string at the right orientation would force the end to pop right out thru the soundhole. When that doesn't happen, I just grab it inside with a pair of needle nose pliers, put a bead on, and tie a double or triple knot. Very secure, and no more bridge poppage on the bridge that popped on me.
    It does sounded much easier in the way you described. I may try the thru hole method if the bridge does pop off again. Hope not with all fingers crossed.
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    AustinHing,

    I did that to a $100 Kala uke once, waxed it. Good god, I got that white effect too, couldn't get it out.
    Then, in desperation, I showed it to my luthier, and told me,
    "Never use wax on an ukulele, except for the back of the neck, if it's bare wood."

    I'll never do that again, I'll tolerate a bare looking finish instead.

    If that bridge pops off again, I think you'd be better off with a through the body style bridge. You've already modded your uke, so what's one more thing?

    The shine does look nice. I like fooling around with my ukes too, but I think I'll leave my Loprinzi alone. I haven't fooled around with my Cocobolo Ukulele either, although I'd like to.
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    Guess I’m not the only one with a wax on bare finish ukulele. The so-called satin finish on the S1 is so barely there that I can’t help myself to do something about it. But I’m not regretting at all. black shoe polish saved the day.

    Good call on not messing with your Loprinzi. For my S1, I’m pretty comfortable to do any kind of mod on it and totally not bothered if it turns out bad.

    I will be stringing up it soon. Waiting for the glue to cure until 24 hours later.
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    So.. bad news. The bridge is pulled up when I tightened the last string. Kind of expected. Haha. I have cleaned up the glue and it’s ready for a visit to a luthier workshop.

    I’m having a bad case of a need to play a soprano right away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinHing View Post
    So.. bad news. The bridge is pulled up when I tightened the last string. Kind of expected. Haha. I have cleaned up the glue and it’s ready for a visit to a luthier workshop.

    I’m having a bad case of a need to play a soprano right away.
    That's a shame.
    Maybe that uke is asking for a through the body bridge....
    Both of my last 2 ukes have that, and I don't regret it.
    I had a tie bridge pop off once, what a bummer. Not only did it pull off, it split the joint in the top all the way to the butt. I couldn't fix it.
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    Geez, too bad. You did a neat job before, seem to have ths skills. Just do that re-glue again, and this time, drill the (4) 1/8" holes for string thru, it'll never pop off again, and you save some dough. I'm a hack, and it was real easy for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    That's a shame.
    Maybe that uke is asking for a through the body bridge....
    Both of my last 2 ukes have that, and I don't regret it.
    I had a tie bridge pop off once, what a bummer. Not only did it pull off, it split the joint in the top all the way to the butt. I couldn't fix it.
    Seems like that’s my only option now to prevent future pop offs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Geez, too bad. You did a neat job before, seem to have ths skills. Just do that re-glue again, and this time, drill the (4) 1/8" holes for string thru, it'll never pop off again, and you save some dough. I'm a hack, and it was real easy for me.
    Okay, the deal for the luthier job is that I have this crazy idea to convert this uke to a taropatch. Yep, the 8 string ukulele except this will be a soprano version. Not sure if they will entertain me on this. With 4 more Gotoh UPT installed, drill the 1/8” holes next to the original slot holes, file the nut for new string slots and I get myself a taropatch ukulele. So how that sounds?
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    If I need to fish out a string from inside the body I take a pipe cleaner and bend it so that it has about an inch hook.
    Whole thing takes less than a minute and a pipe cleaner won’t bang or scratch anything.

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