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(@kopfschmerzen)
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Hi everyone,

I've got a ukulele recently as a gift. It's a Kohala K3-C ( http://kohalaukes.com/ukuleles/k3-c/ ). I've had only elecric guitars until now, so I have a question. The wood looks unfinished. Is it a good idea to treat the whole instrument with a lemon oil?

Thanks!


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(@alangreen)
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To be honest, Ukes don't cost a huge pile of cash because they're made with inexpensive woods; so using lemon oil on it probably won't make a big noticeable difference. I'd say avoid the lemon oil.

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(@kopfschmerzen)
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Thanks for the reply. A price is not a question. The uke is important for me because it's a gift from a good friend, sent right from Hawaii to Russia :) So I want it survive in the dry air we have in the house in winter time.


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(@dogbite)
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hello. I have several ukes. two are quite old. the new one has a noticeable finish as seen in the picture in your link. my old ones are worn, but they do have a finish. it is dark, slightly textured like baby alligator hide and grungy from years of use. I think it unlikely that ukes are made without any finish. Yours has a finish unless it was removed at some time. you could apply a wax that has no silicon to help preserve what is original. never spray directly on the instrument. always spray a tiny amount on a rag. work it into the rag. and then apply. once covered, polish with a different clean rag.
storing the uke in a case of some kind away from direct sunlight, fireplaces, wall heaters and outside walls in the winter your uke should live a long and happy life. here is a great link http://www.beatlesite.info/

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 Nuno
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Ukes are great instruments. You'll get a lot of fun with it. Enjoy!


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(@kopfschmerzen)
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Thanks guys! The uke is new one, so finish should be there. It's just like natural wood when you touch it. I'll check a nearest music store for a wax.


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