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    Iíve changed strings but not the through the bridge type. Iím not a fan of needing a special tool to help me pull the strings through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keenonuke View Post
    I’ve changed strings but not the through the bridge type. I’m not a fan of needing a special tool to help me pull the strings through.
    I'm curious. What kind of special tool do you use for through-the-bridge strings? The only times I've done it, I've just used my fingers to fish the loose end of the string out through the soundhole, tied a knot, and then pulled it tight.
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    Nicely done! I just changed my strings as well. Iím stuck with a buzzing C string though now and struggling to find a fix. I tried raising the bridge with pieces of paper and that helped, but I still trying to figure out what to do. I donít know if I want to take my Uke anywhere though because it was pretty cheap and Iíd rather save my money for a better Uke in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkesNBeards View Post
    Nicely done! I just changed my strings as well. I’m stuck with a buzzing C string though now and struggling to find a fix. I tried raising the bridge with pieces of paper and that helped, but I still trying to figure out what to do. I don’t know if I want to take my Uke anywhere though because it was pretty cheap and I’d rather save my money for a better Uke in the future.
    What size uke? What kind of saddle/bridge does your uke have? What kind of strings did it originally have? What did you replace them with? (Brand; Nylon or Fluorocarbon; Wound or plain) How high are the strings at the 1st fret and at the 12th?
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    Itís a tenor; nubone bridge and nut; Aquila super nylgut were original strings then I wanted to try a low g and a guy changed all of the strings to Aquila nylgut sů then I changed them all back to the super nylgut plain; Iím not sure about the height exactly because I donít have a special measurement tool for that, but itís about .2-.3 mm at the first fret and .4-.5 at the 12th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkesNBeards View Post
    It’s a tenor; nubone bridge and nut; Aquila super nylgut were original strings then I wanted to try a low g and a guy changed all of the strings to Aquila nylgut sů then I changed them all back to the super nylgut plain; I’m not sure about the height exactly because I don’t have a special measurement tool for that, but it’s about .2-.3 mm at the first fret and .4-.5 at the 12th.
    Something's not right. The string height over the 12th fret should be around 2 to 3 mm. 0.4 or 0.5mm would be way too low.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snargle View Post
    Something's not right. The string height over the 12th fret should be around 2 to 3 mm. 0.4 or 0.5mm would be way too low.
    From your description, it sounds like you might be missing the saddle. This is the bone or plastic piece that fits into a slot in the bridge that the strings go over. It raises the strings up off of the wooden bridge. It is what a tech person will sand down to lower the strings, or put a shim underneath to raise them. A piezo pickup also is fitted under the saddle.

    It's the white bar across the wood bridge in this photo of a Kala Elite tenor. This is a through the bridge type. You feed the string through the hole into the body of the uke. Fish out the end of the string and tie a large knot or attach a bead. Then pull the string tight by the end sticking out of the bridge and run it up over the nut and around the tuner peg.

    kala-elite-3.jpg

    PS: There are some bridges with a slot in the wood to hold the string. The wood bridge also acts as the saddle with these. Usually found in vintage instruments.
    Last edited by Kenn2018; 12-17-2019 at 09:24 PM.
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