Care and Maintenance
New Instruments – Tune frequently! New nylon strings will stretch for a few days depending on how often it is tuned and played.
Tuners – Keep them tight. Using a Phillips screwdriver at the end of each tuner, tighten until the tuner just begins to get difficult to turn. As the seasons change and the wood dries, tuners may become loose preventing the instrument from staying in tune.
Storage and Environmental – Reasonable changes in temperature and humidity should not affect the instrument. Storage in a temperature/humidity-controlled environment is not necessary as long as extremes are avoided. Prolonged exposure to sunlight may fade some top finishes.
Cleaning – Use damp cloth with mild soap if necessary. General-purpose guitar polishes and cleaners are compatible. Most tops are finished with a water borne lacquer, some printed tops are polyurethane. Necks are finished with a tinted, catalyzed nitrocellulose lacquer.
String Replacement – Replace strings with those designed for your scale length. Small gage strings must be double knotted or figure 8 knotted to prevent slipping through the bridge. Twice through the hole and two or more turns around the tuner will suffice to keep the string from slipping. Pre stretching or tuning to higher than the recommended pitches is not recommended. Wound metal strings are not recommended for use with molded poly fingerboards.
Straps – The Flea soprano has a loop at the base of the neck – simply pass a chord or thin strap through and knot to size. A strap can be attached to the Fluke by adding a self-stick hook and loop patch to the bottom or back and then tying the other end to the open headstock. Traditional strap hooks can also be added.
Fret Markers – Additional fret markers can be added to the fingerboard by painting with either automotive touch up paint or nail polish on the top or side of the fret board. We offer optional inlayed side markers on wood fret boards.
Fingerboard Wear and Replacement – Nylon strings should not wear the molded polycarbonate fingerboard however if it shows wear at any time, it may be returned for replacement. If wound strings are used, such as ‘low G’ sets, a hardwood fingerboard is highly recommended. Because of the special glue required to bond the polycarbonate to the maple neck, we do not recommend unauthorized repairs.