How to Fix a Broken Ukulele Bridge

Written by owen e. richason iv
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to Fix a Broken Ukulele Bridge
Ukuleles come in four sizes of differing pitches. (tuning the ukulele image by Shirley Hirst from Fotolia.com)

Ukuleles are four-stringed instruments most commonly associated with Hawaiian music. They were brought to Hawaii from Portugal in 1879. The ukulele or uke is also known as a chordophone and is a member of the guitar family. Ukuleles come in four pitch sizes: baritone, tenor, concert and soprano. Like any other stringed instrument, ukuleles occasionally need repair. One of the more common problems appears in the instrument's bridge, where the nylon strings stretch over the soundhole to the neck.

Skill level:
Easy

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • Ukulele bridge
  • Screwdriver
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Polishing rag

Show MoreHide

Instructions

  1. 1

    Unstring the instrument. Unwind the strings using the tuning keys on the headstock. Remove the strings from the ukulele.

  2. 2

    Remove the bridge from the body. Using a screwdriver, unscrew the bridge from the ukulele's body. Gently sand the discoloured area aligned under the bridge to remove any splinters or unevenness with fine grit sandpaper. Do not sand any other portion of the body to preserve the finish.

  3. 3

    Wipe the bridge area clean with a polishing rag. Align the new bridge where the damaged bridge was fastened. Press the new bridge to the body and drive in the fastening screws into the existing screw holes.

  4. 4

    Restring the ukulele. Replace the four strings on the instrument and tune it. Play various notes along the fretboard to test the intonations.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.