by Andrew H July 01, 2020
There’s nothing better than bringing your ukulele to the beach, but don’t try it with a normal wooden ukulele. Humidity, Salinity, Heat, and Sand all add up to abuse for a wood ukulele. A carbon fiber ukulele is a perfect instrument to bring to the beach. Carbon fiber ukuleles have an impressive tone and volume with the necessary stability and durability for even the most inclement conditions.
Consistent, proper humidity is critical for traditional wood ukuleles. A beach environment with high humidity can easily open up seams in your instrument. Sudden changes in temperature at nighttime or later that night back at home can cause crazing, crackling, and other finish damage. Prolonged exposure to high humidity can result in wood instruments warping to an unplayable degree.
Moisture is one of the biggest enemies of wooden instruments and it’s in no short supply at the beach. Liquids can negatively affect wood ukuleles in many different ways including finish damage and warping.
Saltwater in the ocean is super harsh. Harsh enough to cause corrosion and permanently damage wood. The average varnish coating on an acoustic ukulele is not made to withstand extreme environments. Exposed to salt, your wood instrument will quickly become unplayable.
Beaches see massive temperature changes from daytime to night. That sudden shift can cause a wood ukulele to split or could open up glue seams. Very extreme hot temperatures can quickly cause irreparable harm as the different woods used in the instrument will expand and contract at different rates.
No one likes sand. It gets stuck everywhere and causes tons of damage due to its abrasiveness. A small amount of sand in your case could create permanent damage to wood ukes. Carbon fiber can be scratched by sand, but the durability is not affected.
Compared to wood, the KLOS carbon fiber ukulele sounds just as good and is also way tougher. If you’ve always dreamed of taking your ukulele to the beach, now is the time to consider a carbon fiber ukulele!
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