rebelliousfate asked: Hey! So first off, I love your blog. Second, im having a problem with my ukulele. I have a Kohala Akamai AK-CAE. This ukulele is also electric, and well last night I started to notice that it was doing a bit of rattling from the inside if I played a certain note. I think cable port is loose or something? Would you possibly know how I could fix this?
Hey! Thanks for the blog love (: That’s a pretty common issue with acoustic-electric ukes, and it can be caused by a number of things. Usually it’s a loose input jack, and the frequency of a specific note can cause it to vibrate and make noise. See if you can tighten the nut on the outside part with your fingers first.
If the noise is still coming from the inside, it might be the pickup wire hitting the inside of the uke. Try to take a look inside through the soundhole with a little mirror and flashlight (you’ll have to loosen the strings to get a good look). If the wire is causing the problem, you can either tape it off to the side (which might work) or turn the input jack around a little to redirect the wire.
Turning the input jack is a little tricky, and you’ll need to be careful so you don’t break the solder joint that holds the wire to the jack. If you remove the nut on the outside of the jack first, the rest of it might fall inside the uke and really annoy you (if it’s not glued in place), so I recommend putting a pencil or a chopstick about halfway into the jack to hold it in place while you unscrew the nut. If it’s not glued, you’ll be able to turn the inner (threaded) part of the jack a few degrees, which will move the wire away from the sides of the uke. Then you can put the nut back on, tighten it, and see if it made a difference.
Hope this was of some help! (: