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Thread: Should all 4 strings have the same height (action) at the nut?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyber3d View Post
    I ordered a set of nut files. I should file with the same size designation as the string itself, right? So, use a .030 file for a .030 string, right?
    Nominally yes, this is correct. I will still slide the string that isn't under tension through the slot a few times just to make sure that it isn't binding in the slot to be sure. A nut slot that's just a tiny bit wider than the string won't cause any problems yet a slot that's a tiny bit smaller will still accept the string but grab the string rather than letting it slide freely.
    After using a nut file I will run some fine sandpaper through the slot to polish it. Folding some fine sandpaper (usually wet & dry) over a smaller nut file works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyg View Post
    Nominally yes, this is correct. I will still slide the string that isn't under tension through the slot a few times just to make sure that it isn't binding in the slot to be sure. A nut slot that's just a tiny bit wider than the string won't cause any problems yet a slot that's a tiny bit smaller will still accept the string but grab the string rather than letting it slide freely.
    After using a nut file I will run some fine sandpaper through the slot to polish it. Folding some fine sandpaper (usually wet & dry) over a smaller nut file works for me.
    Thanks for the advice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyg View Post
    If string height at the nut was set perfectly by a skilled luthier, the low strings would be a fraction high than the high strings but not so much that it would be easily noticeable.

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    I've not seen exact numbers for ukes, but for guitars, Dan Erlewine suggests that a Martin acoustic guitar would have a first fret action of 0.024" low E, and 0.016" high E.
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    Ok, so I lowered the nut slot for my G-String to .023" at the first fret (that's down from .032"). And what a difference in playability! I can now barre the first fret with ease. And I checked for buzz throughout the fretboard. I am very happy now. And intonation is still excellent from the 1st fret all the way to the 18th fret.

    I really like the nut files I got. They are from Music Nomad. Diamond Coated Nut Files. Relatively inexpensive. A joy to use. You have solid control of the file edge.
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