Ukulele Setup Overview – How the pro’s do it (Updated)

Image Posted on Updated on

>>This post has been updated – scroll down to see additional information<<

Here is a great video showing you all the steps carried out by the experts at Hawaii Music Supply to set up a new ukulele, from the factory setup to perfect intonation at every fret, a one-stop-shop for a general overview of ukulele setup.

It helped me a great deal with understanding how and why the various steps of ukulele setup are carried out. It covers all aspects of ukulele setup including: assessing the build quality of the ukulele, diagnosing and resolving high frets (fret levelling), checking the action height of your ukulele, correcting ukulele intonation, fret dressing with sandpaper, fretboard oil, adjusting the ukulele action at the bridge, filing down the ukulele nut, lowering the ukulele action and stretching in the ukulele strings.

Don’t forget these guys do this all the time, if you are going to carry out your own DIY ukulele setup, take it slowly, make sure you protect your fretboard with masking tape or a fret guard while levelling and dressing the frets… take care of your ukulele!


Joel @ Hawaii Music Supply has been good enough to publish an updated version of this ukulele setup video. It’s interesting to see how the tools and techniques (and hair) used during the ukulele setup process have changed. Check out the new ukulele fret levelling tool, they’re now using a simple sharpening stone principle, similar to this although theirs is a flat diamond file.

With “at least 30,000 ukulele setups” to date this guy knows what he’s doing!

Please share this post, spread the word and follow UK Ukee on WordPress, Twitter, Google+ & Facebook for more tips tricks and tools for DIY Ukulele Luthiery!




3 thoughts on “Ukulele Setup Overview – How the pro’s do it (Updated)

    […] post has been updated – click here for the new […]


    Graeme said:
    13th March 2016 at 10:02 am

    Hi, I live in the outer Hebrides and I need to setup my banjolele, the strings are too high on the nut and at the floating bridge, are there any particular differences?


      UK Ukee responded:
      15th March 2016 at 2:48 am

      Hi Graeme, it’s very difficult to say without seeing the instrument or knowing more, however the principle of adjusting the action is the same on most stringed instruments. To reduce the height of the strings from the fingerboard, you can usually adjust the height of the bridge and/or nut slots. Just don’t go too far 🙂 My inclination is always to do the bridge first (or close to) and then look at the nut slots.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s