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    I've noticed on both my ukuleles that sometimes when I pick up my ukulele and tune it up, the C string is a little high and I have to bring it down a smidge. I have no idea why that would be, and I agree that it defies logic. I've never giving it much more than a passing thought though.
    Last edited by Rllink; 09-18-2017 at 03:28 AM.
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    it could be the cooler temperature
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I've noticed on both my ukuleles that sometimes when I pick up my ukulele and tune it up, the C string is a little high and I have to bring it down a smidge. I have no idea why that would be, and I agree that it defies logic. I've never giving it much more than a passing thought though.
    If the saddle slot is pinching the string, there is unresolved tension between the the nut and saddle, that is taken up as the string is more slowly easing it's way thru the nut slot. Thus when tuning, you are really having more an effect of the string length between the nut and tuning post, and can also easily break a string this way if too tight.

    This is also known as a 'binding nut slot'. If you widen the slot, maybe even just 2-3 strokes with an emery board, it's possible it will be wide enough, otherwise you could use a thinner string gage if you prefer not to modify the nut.

    If you are using Nylgut or Nylon strings, they are about 25% thicker than nearly ALL fluoro strings, so fluoro strings on the next string change might make the problem go away, provided that the nut slot was binding on the C string...

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