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Thread: Issues with nut going from unwound low g to high g?

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    Default Issues with nut going from unwound low g to high g?

    Hello!

    As the subject line states, I'm wondering if I potentially run into issues changing my koaloha tenor to high g. Since the nut slot is widened for an unwound low g, are there issues with buzzing or intonation going to hi g with the slot being too wide?normally I would be fine just getting a new nut but it appears it is glued on the koaloha and I don't want to mess with it. Thanks!
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    It's hard to say unless you try it. If the slot turns out to be too wide and/or deep, you can try filling it if the nut is glued in place and you don't want to risk popping it off. This is sometimes done with CA and baking soda. Goggle will lead you to pointers on how to do it. I seem to remember seeing a youtube as well. Good Luck!

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    Put your first (A) string on you 4th (G) course, and check by yourself.

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    It may not be glued, just has a tight fit. Try tapping it with a small plastic hammer, it might come loose. If not, like the above posts try the string, there might not be a problem. Or, fill it with a super glue and baking soda mixture and then file the slot to fit.
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    Send an email to KoAloha and ask them if there may be problem.

    I have changed my KoAloha KTM-00 to a high g and not had a problem, when I look at the nut I can't really see any difference in width between the slots even though there must be.

    Just checked intonation, albeit with a Snark, and it's spot on right up to the last fret.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in Kent View Post
    Send an email to KoAloha and ask them if there may be problem.

    I have changed my KoAloha KTM-00 to a high g and not had a problem, when I look at the nut I can't really see any difference in width between the slots even though there must be.

    Just checked intonation, albeit with a Snark, and it's spot on right up to the last fret.
    Thanks and good to hear it's at least worked fine in other cases. I'm just going to do it and go from there.
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    I know this problem comes up once in awhile, but it's never happened to me. Try out the string first.......chances are there will be no problem.
    Last edited by stevejfc; 10-01-2016 at 05:16 AM.

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    It works with high g. Mine has worth clears.
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    Ryan,
    Just do it!
    If it buzzes, then you can worry about the fix.
    BTW, I have never had a problem going from high to low g on any of my ukes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnson430 View Post
    Ryan,
    Just do it!
    If it buzzes, then you can worry about the fix.
    BTW, I have never had a problem going from high to low g on any of my ukes.
    High to low g is a little different than low g unwound to high g.

    Going from high g to low g wound requires no modification to nut slot.

    Going from high g to low unwound g usually requires a nut slot to widen but that's very easy to do with a nut file or sandpaper.

    Going from unwound low g to high g is a unique circumstance. Since the nut slot has been widened to accommodate the unwound low g, you run the opposite issue going to high g where it could be potentially too wide. That would require a new nut or filing in the nut slot with CA and baking soda.

    But it appears others had done so and done with good results so no worries!
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