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    Wouldn't the distance from the zero fret to the 12th fret have to be exactly equal to the distance from the 12th fret to the saddle?

    You'd also have to lower the nut (or make the slots deeper) so that the strings would be angled up to, and over, the zero fret. Otherwise the full tension wouldn't start at the zero.

    If you cut a new slot for the zero fret, you'd make the distance from the zero to 1st fret too short. And as a result, as PetalumaRescuke said, throwing the mathematical measurements of the entire fretboard off.

    I suppose you could make the nut a "zero fret" by replacing it with a slotless nut. Then grafting in a short piece of fretboard-height material and top it with a slotted nut to guide the strings to keep the string separation you want. Again the strings would have to be angled up from the nut (or the tuning pegs) to the zero fret. Actually, you could put four nails in to guide the strings to the zero fret as long as the string windings on the pegs were lower than the zero fret.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
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    I suppose you could make the nut a "zero fret" by replacing it with a slotless nut. Then grafting in a short piece of fretboard-height material and top it with a slotted nut to guide the strings to keep the string separation you want.
    Gold Tone's Zero Glide is a turnkey version of your nut/zero fret idea. It replaces the nut with a half-nut of guides and a zero-fret at the leading edge. https://goldtonemusicgroup.com/zeroglide/products/zs-19 I haven't tried it on uke. It works great on my Strat!

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    Itís late a night when Iím reading and responding, but
    Could you file down the nut to crate a Ďzero fretí and THEN
    Add a new nut upstream toward the tuning pegs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    I think you should really experiment and make a fretless uke!
    Yep, go fretless, create a new fashion....
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetalumaRescuke View Post
    Positioning a zero fret in a slot on a fret board designed to take nut will totally throw off the the rest of the frets, making the instrument unplayable. Use a nut, many options, a Tusq Graph tech would work well.
    This has a nut and a zero fret as standard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetalumaRescuke View Post
    Positioning a zero fret in a slot on a fret board designed to take nut will totally throw off the the rest of the frets, making the instrument unplayable. Use a nut, many options, a Tusq Graph tech would work well.
    A most excellent point.

    If you do go the zero fret route (I love the zero fret on my Risa) you will need to move the saddle to compensate.

    Tricky to do but the tone will be far more even than using a nut.

    As an off the wall afterthought you may like to try to incorporate the zero fret wire in the Nut
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    This is my Risaís zero fret
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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    I think you should really experiment and make a fretless uke!
    Would that make it a ukulin - ukulele/violin combination?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    For inspiration:
    I like to go through life without fretting, but not where the uke is concerned.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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