What's the deal with my new uke? What do I need to do to get it in tip top playable uke condition?
I impulsively bought a ukulele
from an antique store for next to nothing. I have a few questions about what it is and how to fix it.
The uke has 6 strings and is about 8" wide by 22" long (so it's a tenor, I think?). It says it's a Monroy, and it has "registrada" written under the brand name
. I googled the brand and couldn't find anything. I'd like to get a sense of its age and how much it's worth. If it's a junky uke that's not ever going to be very playable, I'd like to know that before I invest time and money into fixing it.
I tried to tune it to 6-string uke tuning (GCCEAA), but I had a really hard time making fine adjustments to the pitch, and it goes out of tune almost immediately. When I got it, it seemed like it was closer to standard guitar tuning than uke tuning, FWIW. The tuning machines seem kind of rudimentary
, which I'm assuming has something to do with it. I'm assuming that it probably needs new strings, given that it's old, but I'm not sure if anything else should be replaced/updated. My local guitar store does not have an in-house luthier that I could consult (they contract with a local luthier), so if it needs professional repairs, I'd like to go in knowing what to ask for. A sense of the cost of repairs would also be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance!