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As stated on the hang tag that comes with each Mele Ukulele, "All Mele Ukulele instruments are guaranteed to be free from defects in quality of materials and workmanship. If your instrument fails, we will repair or replace it as we see fit." We feel that this is a clear and comprehensive warranty. It is incumbent on the customer, however, to bear in mind that your Mele Ukulele is a fine handmade instrument constructed from top quality tonewoods and hardwoods.

Although it may cost far less than a handmade guitar, violin or other fine stringed instrument, it is of equal quality and requires the same kind of care.

The solid woods of which your Mele is constructed have been very carefully dried and seasoned before being cut and planed to their present thickness. The wood is naturally hygroscopic, meaning that it will soak up moisture in humid climates and lose moisture under dry conditions. In very hot or cold temperatures or any time relative humidity falls below 40% (common in mountain & desert climates and in heated homes and apartments), your ukulele will dry out and the wood can warp or crack.

This, of course, is very serious damage and IS NOT COVERED BY THE WARRANTY.It can, however, be easily prevented by keeping your instrument in its hard case and using a good quality humidifier.

You can find these in our store or on our website (or at any good music store), and we will gladly instruct you in their proper use. We recommend those made by Herco and Planet Waves, and we also suggest you add water to them once a week rather than every other week, as the instructions advise.

An instrument that has warped or cracked due to extreme temperatures or dryness is usually not repairable. Even in cases where a repair can be performed, it usually will cost more than it would cost to buy a replacement instrument, especially on high-quality handmade instruments (like your Mele) where the sides, back, top, and neck and tail blocks are solidly fitted and glued together and cannot be non-destructively disassembled.

The best we can do in such a situation is to offer a replacement at a discounted price. Of course, we would much rather see you and your Mele live happily ever after! So please take good care of your Mele Ukulele! If you treat it well, it will treat you well for a long, long time to come!
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1750 Kaahumanu Avenue
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793