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Howie1947
04-26-2011, 09:46 AM
Just discovered that the nut on one of my ukes does not seem completely "centered" with respect the the fretboard. One end of the nut seems to protrude just a bit on one side. Thinking about having it looked at. Is there much difficulty removing and replacing it??

Gmoney
04-26-2011, 10:42 AM
Just discovered that the nut on one of my ukes does not seem completely "centered" with respect the the fretboard. One end of the nut seems to protrude just a bit on one side. Thinking about having it looked at. Is there much difficulty removing and replacing it??

The Nut is usualy just put on w/a VERY small dot of glue if it is glued at all. You should be able to lightly tap it (carefully) w/the end of a screwdriver (using it like a light mallet) or lightweight hammer to free it & maybe even move it flush w/edge w/o needing to remove it completely.

Tudorp
04-26-2011, 01:52 PM
No.. If it doesn't pop off easy like suggested above, try to add a little heat from a hair dryer and try again. Sometimes that will let it pop loose. Before ya try though, take a sharp knife, or X-Acto blade and scribe both sides of it, and around it to be sure there is no glue. I have found that some get overjelous with the glue and when knocking it out, takes a chunk out of the headstock, laminate, or fretboard. So, scribe it all the way around, try and pop it loose, ot a thin blade and finesse it loose by gently prying and wiggling it up. It's not hard..

SweetWaterBlue
04-26-2011, 01:55 PM
You can even just try to push it over. I know the nut on my Ohana Sk-35G was either never glued on, or they didn't use much glue. It will occasionally migrate over a tad. When it does, I just take my thumb and push it back where it belongs. I

Tudorp
04-26-2011, 02:05 PM
technically, they shouldn't use much. It really doesn't need to be glued at all if it fits as it should. But, they do put a little dab in there so it doesn't fall out when changing strings and such. Ya don't want too much though, because of maintenance, nut replacement, etc. Ya want it to be able to be removed without allot of trouble. That said, if it is in there snug as it should be, sometimes it goes slightly below the surface of the headstock or veneer, and of course it does on the fretboard, so ya want to be sure not to pry against that so as not to damage the neck, headstock or fretboard, But a swift, solid knock with a wood dowl or something in a perfect world should knock it out.

GVlog
04-26-2011, 02:21 PM
See the links in my post here:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?45810-Bone-bridges-saddles-and-flourocarbon-strings.-Help-)&p=664002#post664002

Hope they're of some help!

OldePhart
04-26-2011, 02:45 PM
The thing is, if it's a little to one side but the strings are centered on the neck at the nut you don't want to move it! If it's moved after the slots were cut then yeah, nudge it back so the strings are centered on the fingerboard - otherwise, I'd recommend leaving it alone.

John

Howie1947
04-26-2011, 04:12 PM
Thanks for all the responses !