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 Post subject: Loosening a tenor top
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:46 am 
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Hello,

Looking for some guidance from the experts. :)

I just closed the box on a tenor uke. Tapping the plate beforehand it sounded good, but now that the box it closed it sounds very tight.

I let the two horizontal braces into the lining, solid lining made of paulownia. The fans taper to nothing. I put a 2mm spruce bridge plate in it.

With a guitar I would be reaching in there and solving the problem. That ain’t happening with a uke soundhole. :)

Anyone have creative ideas what to do? I’ll sand the lower bout around the rim to try to loosen it. Any other thoughts? Maybe lighter bridge or heavier bridge?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:02 am 
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Whats the top thickness?

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dofthesea wrote:
Whats the top thickness?


It’s right at 2mm now. I haven’t gotten back to it yet to try to thin around the the rim.

One thing I did differently this time is I put somewhat wide 2mm spruce bridge patch on it. TBH, I don’t know why I made it so wide:

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:16 pm 
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Note: The braces we’re tapered and re-peaked after this pic, they are tapered 3-4 mm shorter at the scalloped end and peaked again.


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Is there a binding on it? Fretboard? Taking the top off isn't too big of a deal. especially if you're going to put binding on later.

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Just closed the box, no binding or even binding channels cut yet.

I’m may end up taking the top off. Going to sand a bit and see if it somehow works a miracle. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:28 am 
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If you have the Hana Lima book, sanding the outer inch and a half should loosen up the top. This is most effective around the lower bout. You may find something on the
Hana Lima website.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:43 am 
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Can you give us a picture of the edge profile of top?

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