With your newly adjusted saddle you can simply slide it back into place on your bridge and tighten your strings back up. It takes some skill to find the right depth and angle so that the strings sit low enough to make playing easier on the lower frets but high enough to give the In some cases the slots must also be widened to accommodate thicker strings. It might mean removing the nut, which is glued in place, unlike the bridge. The instrument isn't that bad, but the notes do become a bit high when fretted at the nut end in particular, so it will need to be sorted out in due course. 220grit does the trick for me as it won’t take off to fast or too slow either. decide to add those services to your order. Standard bridge – Tie a small knot at the very end of the new string and pull it tight. © The Ukulele Site, LLC - All Rights Reserved. Ken Kelly. Both ukes can also be tuned with Low G tuning, but it is more common with the tenor. Sharpness at first frets can indicate nut is too high. I don’t know why when building the uke they couldn’t be a little more precise! hold side of saddle against the fence as your In the end, I think that it’s going to be easier to file the underneath of the saddle, as described above, even if it means having to do it two or three times until the desired action is achieved. Help with above question too. I will try doing as advised by you.However, in case i need to raise the nut on that string will it be possible to do it myself? When measuring the action at the 12th fret, what is optional height? that there are issues that could have slipped through that initial factory quality control that wouldn’t meet their standards. The one that i have purchased has action of 3mm above the 12th fret but the 3rd string is buzzing. an index card, place it on the top of the fret, mark the card in pencil just above the string, and measure the distance from card edge to pencil mark. Should I go back to the shop and ask them if they will do the adjustment? I am a beginner uke player, and having practiced on several different instruments, I firmly believe that the nut width is the most important part when starting out. Yes - a good uke that one. I’ve also read that for every 1mm you need to lower on a measurement taken at fret 12 you need to lower the saddle more like 2mm. Thanks, Barry. The saddle is held in place by the strings, so simply by loosening the strings with the tuners the saddle will slide out nice and easy. The thing is that it is very hard to press the first fret of any string, is this normal in every ukulele or can it be fixed ¿? This an old comment (more than 6 months old) I didn’t sand the bottom of the action , I filed each groove on the top of the action equally and it’s been working great ! This is one of the most important things to check. Nice article, Barry. Even had defective strings out of brand new packets!! Tonight, I became tired of my Martin t1k uke just not feeling great and made lowered the saddle......what a difference. No issues with tuning or intonation. Here’s how I did it…. However, the 3rd string buzzes when i strum it. Go slowly. If I get it loose, I’ll reply to you. The height of the saddle is used for setting up the general string action of the instrument. Melt or file? Good luck. That range depends on the string gauge and also how you play the ukulele. If it needs raising you need to remove it and shim it underneath, or get a whole new nut cut and replace it. I can’t get it loose. With the saddle removed I then put a marker on it 1mm from the bottom. File the nut down carefully until it is. ~ Matt, Hey Barry! Possibly, but not necessarily just height. Could lowering the action possibly reduce the buzzing of the 3rd string (even though buzz is associated with a low action)? Please help if possible. I have been looking for help everywhere I possibly can.Your help would mean eveything to me. Speaking for us as a team we would genuinely like to say mahalo and thank you Copyright © 2008 - 2020 Got A Ukulele / Barry Maz - All Rights Reserved, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. If that didn’t work, I’d try WD40. But it could be a combination of things. Measurement is from crown of fret to bottom of string. The Lanikai Tuna Uke that I reviewed actually had individual saddles like an electric guitar although I don’t believe they were also slotted. The gap may need to increase slightly for a low g string. I might have to get one of those cool-looking action measuring rulers anyway... :-) Thanks once again. (i don't have a google account or live journal or wordpress or anything so i file this anonymous). Why not file groves where each string touch the saddle ? Thanks for your great review and tech tips (please do more of the latter!) Patreon pledges, large or small, all help keep this site going!! i think this is only true when the action at/around the 1st position is (a theoretical) 0mm. Fingerboard Width at Nut: 36mm Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 43mm Fret Marker Inlays: 5, 7, 10, 12, 15 frets ... 6 String Tenor Ukulele 6 String Tenor Ukulele. That point is essential for accurate scale length. , I let saddle seep in DW40 for 8 hours, easily removed saddle with pliers. Aside from the Google ads, I don't get paid to write this blog and for reasons of impartiality a not sponsored by brands or stores. Specifications Top: Solid Hawaiian Koa Back/Side: Solid Hawaiian Koa Neck: Mahogany Fingerboard: Ebony Bridge: Ebony strings proper clearance over the frets. Actually i am new to the uke and the one that i purchased has an action of 3mm above the 12th fret. We inspect intonation and fret buzz to make sure that each ukulele … Additional setup work is not performed though we can still re-string the instrument and install strap buttons if you A flat top on a fret can certainly throw out your intonation because it changes the scale length ever so slightly but this certainly affects the intonation of the instrument. don’t skip any steps and the setup process in itself is not rushed. Required fields are marked *. WORK SLOWLY AND DELIBERATE The SetupWhile most Ukulele brands will conduct their own quality control during the manufacturing process, there is usually still room for adjustment and improvement beyond that initial quality control. Take care y’all. SLOW IS QUICKER ON THIS TYPE OF WORK. I prefer wider nuts! I could have gone more but didn’t want to take the chance of strings buzzing. Could be the nut. So far I’ve seen almost 4mm variation in string spacing in 35 to 35.5mm nuts (Outdoor Ukulele Soprano had 35 / 26.9) I have a soprano i used at the beginning but went on to the Concert which i like. Back in 2011 I bought my first truly serious ukulele - the Kanile'a K-1 Tenor. ;-) I recently bought my first ukulele - an Islander MSC-4, which is the concert version of the MST-4 tremor reviewed by Barry a while ago. I'd hate to trade one problem for another. Again this will depend on the individual instruments.