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    Default Martin 2K nut

    I just bought a vintage Martin 2M, and the nut is broke off next to the "a" string, so there is no slot...

    (Well, there is half a slot.)

    Repair or replace?

    What kind of glue dd martin use on these things? How do I get the nut off? Easy? Hard?

    Other thoughts?

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    You could make a new nut , or you could try fixing the old one. You can make a paste of superglue and baking soda and try to add the missing part , and then shape it with a small file.Maybe glue a small piece of plastic with superglue ?
    I made a new nut a few years ago , bought a piece of buffalo horn on Ebay , it wasnt difficult.
    The nut should pop right off with a little tap. Good Luck with whatever you try.
    Just dont put superglue between the nut and the neck of the uke , but you probably know that .
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    Thanks!

    Its a wood nut, so I don't think the superglue trick would work too well...

    I have a friend with a supply of lignum vitae rescued from a harbor by a diver. I'll try to get him to make me a nut with some of that...nut.jpg
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    A new nut will be better . Good Luck with your 2m , they are my favorite ukes , I have two.
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    Thanks. I haven't seen it yet IRL. I hope its nice (other than the bridge thing). EBay for $600. Pictures look pretty good. Looks like it was used a little and put away when the nut broke.

    As someone with 2, I would consider you an expert on 2Ms. This one looks to be from the 20s or early 30s - Martin stamping on headstock and inside, but no marking on front of headstock.

    Anything I should look out for?
    Keep or replace the tuners? (Well, even if I replace the tuners I will keep the old ones...)
    I seem to see a few pictures of these with bridges that have pulled through or broken - have you had any problems?

    Anything else I should be aware of?

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    One of the things I do is put a 3mm bead on the A string to keep it from pulling out from the slot. I've had no problems.
    Get the book ' The Martin Ukulele" by tom walsh and John King , great info .
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    They started using ebony starting 1920 so yours must be from the teens.
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    That looks like a koa nut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuck View Post
    That looks like a koa nut.
    I was thinking the same thing. Could that possibly not be the original nut?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aremick View Post
    Thanks!

    I have a friend with a supply of lignum vitae rescued from a harbor by a diver. I'll try to get him to make me a nut with some of that...
    That wood is notorious for trashing tools due to its density and oil content that would gum up saws and drill bits. Its use was for blocking of ships that weighed many tons. It wont compress.
    That said it would make a superior nut. The old nut could be maple, I'd have to look at the rest of the instrument to get a clue as to when it was made but could be an early one.

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