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    Default Sanded my saddle a bit too low T_T

    I was trying to lower the action on my Kala Tenor (ASM-TEC), and it appears as though I've gone a bit too far with the saddle
    (Bottom of string to top of 12th fret measures about 2mm)

    The only problem is that the C string has a tiny tiny bit of fret buzz when I close it on the first three frets and pluck hard
    It's not *very* noticeable... is it even normal for some ukes with a comfortable low action?

    Nevertheless, I was wondering how I could fix this.
    Do I replace the saddle?
    If so, where do I buy spare saddles that will fit my Kala tenor?

    Would these work?
    http://www.hanalimastore.com/servlet/Detail?no=76

    Thanks
    Last edited by kissing; 05-31-2009 at 02:54 AM.

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    With alot of ukes 3mm at the 12th is the best you can do without the strings starting to buzz off the frets. Is the saddle glued in? Hopefully it can be easily removed, try putting a real thin shim under the saddle until you can find a replacement.

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    Fortunately the saddle comes out (that's how I sanded it).
    But I would like a replacement saddle that isn't as low

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    "You can never know how much is enough until you know how much is too much." ~Annonymous

    http://www.hanalimastore.com/servlet/Detail?no=2
    Nut Blanks measure: 2 1/16"L x 1/2"W x 1/4"Thick
    Saddle Blanks measure: 3"L x 1/2"W x 1/8"Thick
    For Uke Sizes: All Sizes

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    Home improvement stores has counter top (formica) sample cards. These are thin and rigid. I have uses a fine saw as well as an exacto knife to saw or score these to create shims. The might actually be a little thick, but they can be sanded down if needed.

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    How about you just slide a strip or two of paper underneath and check the buzz until it's gone? If the buzz remains, get a new pair of stringz...
    sigs disabled kthxbai

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkeNinja View Post
    How about you just slide a strip or two of paper underneath and check the buzz until it's gone? If the buzz remains, get a new pair of stringz...
    Paper or cardboard might dampen the sound, I think something hard might be better. I've used thin pieces of hard plastic such as is used in alot of packaging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoosierhiver View Post
    Paper or cardboard might dampen the sound, I think something hard might be better. I've used thin pieces of hard plastic such as is used in alot of packaging.
    You could try using a thick plastic plate, like the disposable kind.
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    Jeez, short saddle? Maybe you can fix it. Give it a try.

    Or see this as a sign and give in to the UAS.
    http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Musicguy...__W0QQ_armrsZ1

    Then you can have your original and a backup! All you need is one more.
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    you can probubly fix it. put a thin piece of paper or cardboard under the saddle until you find someone or something that can fix it. or you can just go the way cheap way and buy some craft popsickle sticks. just slap one of those babies, in place of the saddle and your good to go lol.

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