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Down Up Dick
01-28-2015, 03:32 PM
Are there any Ukes with easily removable nuts? And, if not, why not?

The Nut seems to be a pain for us plunkers to deal with. I like the little nails on the Boat Paddles, so that's at least a partial answer. It seems to me that someone could make a nut that would slide out of a channel or somethin' like that. The strings would probably hold it in place.

Anyway, I was just wonderin' . . . :old:

01-28-2015, 03:50 PM
Most nuts are easily removable. They are commonly secured with a small drop or two of glue but the bond can usually be broken quite easily with a slight tap at one of the ends. This shouldn't be intimidating at all, so go for it! :)

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
01-28-2015, 03:56 PM
Im not sure why a nut would need to be everyday removable unless there is work to be done on the instrument.

Down Up Dick
01-28-2015, 04:10 PM
I saw some guy remove a nut, and it didn't seem all that easy and neat to me. He took a hunk of wood off with it.

I'm not intending to remove one now, but it seems to me that it would help us in lowering or raising the action ourselves, and, if we messed up, we could always slide another one on. The bridge is easy to deal with, so why shouldn't the nut be too.

Anyway, it seems like a good idea to me. :old:

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-28-2015, 04:55 PM
Nuts are installed with the intention of making them easily removable. If a nut was so hard to remove that it caused damage to the instrument then I'm guessing that either the builder or the repair person didn't know what he was doing. When installing a nut you should use only enough glue to keep the nut from falling out when changing strings, which is hardly any at all.

01-28-2015, 05:19 PM
All of my nuts are loose.

Actually, they're pressed to fit, inside the board, a la Fender. Started doing that a couple years ago - solved a LOT of issues for me, especially when installing the nut AFTER finishing.

01-28-2015, 05:34 PM
All of my nuts are loose.

Ditto. It's not uncommon in Latin America. The strings hold everything in place - no problem - and if you ever need to make adjustments to your nut things are much quicker and easier.

01-28-2015, 08:07 PM
Some of us have no nuts. Whoops sorry bad joke.

01-28-2015, 08:27 PM
At Mya-Moe we don't glue in the nut. The strings hold it in. When you change them, just put it back in!

01-28-2015, 09:35 PM
The Martin ukes in the old days had a fully glued in nuts and saddle..But not these days ..they changed to suit market preferences :D

01-28-2015, 11:22 PM
The Martin ukes in the old days had a fully glued in nuts and saddle..But not these days ..they changed to suit market preferences :D
Yes, that is true

01-29-2015, 01:42 AM
It's my understanding that some manufacturers of inexpensive ukes use the wrong glue when they do glue them in, thereby increasing the chances of taking a "chunk of wood" with it when it's "tapped" out.

Habanera Hal
01-29-2015, 05:56 AM
Down Up Dick posts a thread about removable nuts..........
That's worse than the Patriot's deflated balls.