- Nov 14, 2022
Hello everybody. A while back I picked up three ukuleles from eBay that needed a little TLC. Two of them just needed their tuners sorted out and to be strung, but one is proving more of a challenge than I realized at first. It is a "Victor Brand Hawaiian Ukulele" that appears to have never been finished assembling. It had no nut and no tuners. It also had no finish on the body, and had some pencil marks on the neck that look like it may have been the price at some point. It had very narrow holes for the tuners, which tells me it was supposed to have friction pegs. I had to improvise to get my Grover tuners to work on it by putting different collars in place that had small enough shoulders to settle in the holes. I found an ebony saddle to use as a nut because Victors used a narrow wood nut originally (I have another Victor that is all original to compare to), which I had to cut and sand to make fit, then I notched it in the right spots for the strings. The frets were all raw and not dressed or leveled, so I did quite a bit of work on dressing and prepping the frets. Then when I put it all together, I find that something is off in the scale. When I tune the strings to their correct open tuning, no notes ring true at any frets. Going with the assumption that it would most likely be something I did wrong, is this the placement of the nut? How do I determine where to make corrections or how do I go about them? I will put up some pictures to help illustrate what I'm working with.