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    Default Gap at the nut

    I recently bought a lovely snail tenor Ukulele which looks like new for half price. Yes fab.
    But I have just noticed the nut does not fit tight up to the fretboard at on end in fact there is .020" gap beneath 'A' string!
    Question is should I remove it and fit it flush ?
    It's a very grossly finish so a bit hesitant.
    What is likely to happen if I tap the nut? Will it crack the varnish behind I wonder.
    I don't want to return it as the rest is fine.

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    Pictures might help. How is the setup otherwise? If the action is ok, and the intonation is ok, and there's no buzzing, and the sound is ok, (lots of ifs, I know), it may be better to just leave it alone.
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    If the action and intonation is good I suggest leaving as is.

    If not then strip it of strings and you will probably find that the nut is loose of if not a gentle tap will remove it without breaking it.

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    I have a photo in library but on is iPad will not let me drag and drop into attachment line.😱
    But the instrument sounds ok actually. I may just leave for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col50 View Post

    If not then strip it of strings and you will probably find that the nut is loose of if not a gentle tap will remove it without breaking it.
    Number two on the loose nut. Lots of times the only thing holding the nut in place is string pressure. I glue them with a concoction of Elmer's glue and water, just enough to hold it in place when I bend notes but not enough that I can't knock them loose with a screwdriver handle. I've had them slip before.
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    Default Nut space

    This is hopefully going to show an image of the gap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loveiz View Post
    This is hopefully going to show an image of the gap.
    If the notes play true, leave it as it is, because filing the end of the fretboard to fit flush against the nut will change the intonation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loveiz View Post
    I recently bought a lovely snail tenor Ukulele which looks like new for half price. Yes fab.
    But I have just noticed the nut does not fit tight up to the fretboard at on end in fact there is .020" gap beneath 'A' string!
    Question is should I remove it and fit it flush ?
    It's a very grossly finish so a bit hesitant.
    What is likely to happen if I tap the nut? Will it crack the varnish behind I wonder.
    I don't want to return it as the rest is fine.
    The best thing to to is to see local guitar tech. If you want to remove it, you can do it by yourself at your own risk. Do not tap, just push the nut. There is not much glue underneath.


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    Looking at the picture, the gap may be at the binding and the fretboard could be flush.
    Also if it's not broke don't fix it.

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    Interesting this I thought I would be told to get it closed by everyone.
    The nut when viewed from above is slightly scewd so it's flush to the fret board at the 'G' end the gap then gradually increases to what is in the photo.
    It's sounds fine so Inthink I will leave it for now.

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