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    Hello another question from a beginner. Do you cut notches for the strings in the saddle? If this has been covered before please point me to it.

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    Bridge saddles should never have notches, if they do, it is called wear, replace them.

    Quote Originally Posted by cathouse willy View Post
    Hello another question from a beginner. Do you cut notches for the strings in the saddle? If this has been covered before please point me to it.

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    Not on regular fixed bridges. However it is a simple way to lower the action rather than file the whole saddle down. Of course you might be talking about floating bridges where you have a tailpiece a fair distance from the bridge or which is not designed to space the strings properly, in which case it becomes necessary to maintain string spacing. I build that way a lot.

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    Thanks for the replies,it will be a straight saddle on a flat top baritone ukulele. I've managed to get to the point of making a nut, bridge and a saddle for my first build.Barring any more steps backwards the day for stringing it up is in sight.

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    I just thought of another question, What saw do you use to cut cowbone nuts and saddle blanks? I've read that it's hard on tools, true?
    Thanks

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    I use my bandsaw or small zona saw to cut to length. The rest is done on my Jet belt sander.

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    So here I've been wondering how I'm going to rip small strips of bone to line the bridge tie block. Somewhere a little light went on and I remembered seeing little bone strips on my suppliers of all things ukulele website and there's my answer, buy them for $2 each. I wish it was always that simple.This is probably old news to experienced builders but that's what I like about this project,I learn something new every time I work on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titchtheclown View Post
    Not on regular fixed bridges. However it is a simple way to lower the action rather than file the whole saddle down. Of course you might be talking about floating bridges where you have a tailpiece a fair distance from the bridge or which is not designed to space the strings properly, in which case it becomes necessary to maintain string spacing. I build that way a lot.

    I have an eight string concert taro-patch made by David Newton. I'm guessing that he notched the saddle to maintain the string spacing for those double course strings.

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    A shot of the bridge for my baritone project. A black walnut off cut That I
    knew was too nice for the stove.uke3 002.jpg

    Drat why does my photo only show up as a link? There is a picture there honest.
    Last edited by cathouse willy; 09-29-2018 at 07:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathouse willy View Post
    Drat why does my photo only show up as a link? There is a picture there honest.
    To show a photo full size in your post it has to be saved to a web site somewhere, then use the web page address (URL) in your post. I also very much suggest not to enter the link at the end of a paragraph, it's best to add two carriage returns after your text, then the link so the paragraph doesn't get spread apart. I took the liberty of re-making your post as an example:

    A shot of the bridge for my baritone project. A black walnut off cut That I knew was too nice for the stove.




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