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    Default set up help please

    Hi guys and gals,
    I just finished my concert koa uke. You may have seen the photos yesterday or so.
    Anyway I need some help or suggestions.
    I set it up. The only thing I did was lower the nut. Wow it sounded so good yesterday. I must have played off and on for two hours. All with a big smile on my face.

    Here is the problem. i just picked it up and the G string is buzzing like crazy!! Anyone know why one string would buzz and kinda all of a sudden. All the others sound great. I have heard about people putting super glue on the nut. Will that help. Is it being half A@@ about the fix? If not what do I do just put a small drop on the nut where the string goes through?

    You guys are a lot more experienced and Id love to hear from ya.
    Thanks in advance.
    Daniel
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    Superglue in the nut is a very common fix and works quite well.

    Brad

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    Just a couple of additional thoughts Dan.
    Make sure it's still tuned up. Not just relative tuning but full tension.
    The second thing is that you can shim at the nut with cardboard, pencil lead, a post-it note or something else to make certain that you have in fact isolated the problem.
    I chased a one string buzz for hours one time only to find out that the tuner nut was not cranked down tight enough.

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    To add to what's been said.......

    Frank Ford has a wonderful buzz diagnostic page on his site. You'll find it at www.frets.com

    Beyond that, the general rule is to string up an instrument to tension and let it hang for a day or two before doing any action adjustments. The uke itself changes under tension as will the strings.
    Chuck Moore
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    http://www.moorebettahukes.com

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    Aloha Dan,
    If the nut is a little loose, you could try and cut a tiny piece of paper and shim it into
    the nut. I'd dampen the paper so it softens and fits the groove of the nut. then string it up again and see
    how it sounds.... I hope this helps... MM Stan..

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    Chuck thank for the Frets,com I will look at it if this becomes a bigger problem. Sometime today I will have the time to tweak the uke in hopes of the buzz going away. I will post later.
    Dan
    zenking12@yahoo.com
    Kala Maple & Spruce tenor
    1927 Gibson soprano
    Martin 000-RSGT
    Martin OOOX1AE
    fender American strat
    Gibson Les Paul

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    buzz is gone !! I put some super glue on the nut. It helped but did not fix. So I put a little folded paper under the G string side of the nut and the buzz is gone. I think that means I filed the nut too low and it affected the G string. So I think to do it right I may get a new nut.
    Thanks for the help.
    Dan
    zenking12@yahoo.com
    Kala Maple & Spruce tenor
    1927 Gibson soprano
    Martin 000-RSGT
    Martin OOOX1AE
    fender American strat
    Gibson Les Paul

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    Aloha Dan,
    You don't have to get a new nut, just leave the paper in the nut and it will be fine..
    I've had one in my ukulele nut for over two years and still works fine.
    I hope this helps you out ... If you use a special piece of paper it will last..
    Pm me if you would want to know....Also when choosing the paper, always
    remember the thickness, if it don't work with a thicker guage , go to a thinner
    paper or the other way around..Keeping it in considerations....

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    Dan, the paper I think was intended as a temporary fix to determine whether filling (i.e. raising) the slot on the G string would really fix the buzz. If the paper shim works, then you can go ahead and use super glue to build the material in the slot back up to where it needs to be. At least I would not be happy leaving the paper shim in the slot.
    But... I would follow Chucks advice and let 'er rest for a couple days before doing anything more. I too have found that the tension can "shape" an instrument considerably.

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    "let 'er rest for a couple days before doing anything more" Wow is that ever a true statement. I strung it up and was surprised that it sounded good just like that. The very next day the G string was buzzing. Did the super glue and paper thing, fixed. Today the buzz is back.
    So here is what Im going to do.
    I ordered some nice amber friction tuners. ( I am one of the few that like them ). When they come in I will put them on and tweak the uke to my liking. Till then I will play it with a little buzzing. Heck tomorrows another day and it might sound totally different again.

    Thanks guys

    Dan
    zenking12@yahoo.com
    Kala Maple & Spruce tenor
    1927 Gibson soprano
    Martin 000-RSGT
    Martin OOOX1AE
    fender American strat
    Gibson Les Paul

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