- Humidity Care
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A tribute to legendary artist Israel Kamakawiwo'ole ("Iz"), this tenor ukulele features beautiful genuine quilted mahogany construction, an East Indian rosewood headplate adorned with "IZ" inlaid in Hawaiian koa and a hibiscus flower inlaid in pink awabi pearl.
- BODY SIZE: Tenor Ukulele
- FINISH TOP: Satin
- CONSTRUCTION: Applied Dovetail Neck Joint
- BACK AND SIDE FINISH: Satin
- BRACING PATTERN: Tenor Ukulele
- SCALE LENGTH: 17"
- BRACE SHAPE: Non-Scalloped
- FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT NUT: 1 11/32''
- TOP MATERIAL: Genuine Mahogany
- NECK SHAPE: Tenor Ukulele
- BACK MATERIAL: Genuine Mahogany
- NECK TAPER: Standard Taper
- SIDE MATERIAL: Genuine Mahogany
- TOP COLOR: Dark Mahogany
- BRIDGE STYLE: Tenor Ukulele
- BINDING: Faux Tortoise
- BRIDGE STRING SPACING: 1 5/8''
- TOP INLAY MATERIAL: Multi-Stripe
- BRIDGE MATERIAL: East Indian Rosewood
- TOP DETAIL: Quilted
- BRIDGE PIN MATERIAL: None
- PICKGUARD: None
- BRIDGE PIN DOTS: None
- PICKGUARD INLAY: None
- SADDLE: Compensated Black Tusq
- ROSETTE: Multi-Stripe
- SADDLE RADIUS: Flat
- BRACE MATERIAL: Sitka Spruce
- BACK AND SIDES COLOR: Dark Mahogany
- BRACE SIZE: 1/4"
- BACK DETAIL: Quilted
- BACK PURFLING/STRIP: None
- BACK INLAY MATERIAL: None
- HEELCAP: None
- SIDE DETAIL: Quilted
- ENDPIECE: Black
- SIDE INLAY MATERIAL: None
- ENDPIECE INLAY: None
- NECK MATERIAL: Genuine Mahogany
- FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: East Indian Rosewood
- FINISH NECK: Satin
- FINGERBOARD WIDTH AT 12TH FRET: 1 23/32''
- NECK COLOR: Dark Mahogany
- FINGERBOARD INLAY STYLE: 1/8" Dots
- NUMBER OF FRETS TOTAL: 20
- FINGERBOARD INLAY MATERIAL: Mother-of-Pearl
- NECK JOINS BODY AT: 14th Fret
- FINGERBOARD BINDING MATERIAL: None
- SIDE DOTS: White
- HEADSTOCK SHAPE: Solid with Ukulele Profile
- TUNING MACHINES: Pegheds Black Planetary Gear
- HEADPLATE MATERIAL: East Indian Rosewood
- KNOB: Large
- HEADPLATE LOGO STYLE: Custom
- NUT MATERIAL: Black Tusq
- HEADPLATE BINDING MATERIAL: None
- HEADPLATE DETAIL: None
- CASE: Soft Gig Bag
- LEFT HANDED AVAILABILITY: true
- LABEL: 2 Paper Labels - 1 signed by widow of Israel & numbered in sequence w/o total - 1 w/photo of IZ
Acoustic guitars and ukulele are made of wood, and wood is sensitive to changes in climate. Shifts in temperature or relative humidity can affect your instrument in multiple ways, some of which can lead to costly repairs if you’re not careful. Solid woods in particular are especially prone to the effects of climate fluctuation. For example, extended exposure to low relative humidity (below 40% RH) can dry out the wood, causing it to shrink and run the risk of cracking. Similarly, excessive humidity can cause the wood to absorb moisture and swell, potentially causing other problems. Without adequate humidity control (especially in drier local climates), acoustic instruments can crack and their necks can warp, causing problems with fretting, intonation and playability.
So how do you prevent this kind of damage? Easy: by keeping your guitars and ukulele properly humidified (ideally between 40-60% RH). The easiest way to do this is by storing your instruments in a case with a case two-way humidifier inside. A two-way humidifier will slowly absorb or release moisture inside your case, maintaining humidity to help ensure your instrument doesn’t suffer damage. Using a digital hygrometer can help you monitor humidity levels around your instrument.
Symptoms of a dry acoustic instrument:
- Low action. Strings are very close to the fretboard.
- Hump on the fretboard where the neck joins the body.
- Sunken top across the soundboard between bridge and fingerboard.
- The back of instrument looks very flat when it is dried out.
- Sharp fret ends extend beyond the edge of the fretboard.
- The plane of the neck angle on a dry instrument hits above the top of the bridge.
Symptoms of a wet acoustic instrument:
- High action. Strings that are unusually high off the fretboard, making it difficult to play.
- Unusually swollen top
- Unusual warp on the top, back or both at the end-block
- Improper neck angle. Sighting the neck to the bridge, the frets will appear to hit below the bridge.
Using patented technology, the D’Addario Two-Way Humidification System features disposable, moisture-filled packets with a breathable membrane that provides two-way humidity control, meaning it can either release or absorb moisture to consistently maintain a predetermined relative humidity (RH) level of 45-50 percent.
Music Nomad the leader in equipment care products, has developed an easy to use, no mess, and low maintenance Ukulele humidifier. The Humilele rests securely on top of the strings to safely and evenly hydrate your Ukulele to avoid these problems.
Final Notes on Humidity Control
To monitor the amount of humidity your instrument is receiving, we recommend the purchase of a digital hygrometer, a device that gauges and provides a read-out of humidity levels. It can be kept in the room where you store your instruments, or, better yet, in a central location inside the instrument case, preferably Velcro’d to the outside of the accessories compartment (facing the heel). The optimal range for your guitars and ukulele is 45-55% RH.