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Shaping a Saddle

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tinyskateboard  
1 Apr 2011 13:03 | Quote
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I'm almost finished shaping a saddle for my Ukulele. The original was plastic and flat, but not dead flat on the bottom. It is flat on top too like a classical. I'm trying to decide whether to finish of this new one made of bone, flat across the top, or leave it a little raised on the C string contact point.


Any saddle shaping experience out there?
nullnaught  
1 Apr 2011 13:59 | Quote
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is a saddle a nut? if it is i used a girnding wheel to shape one once. but i really dont know if it was the right thing to do. but it did work good.
tinyskateboard  
1 Apr 2011 14:15 | Quote
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A saddle is the white thing on the bridge of an acoustic that the strings run over on their way to the bridge pins.

Edit: I'm having trouble posting a picture, is it me or is that feature on the fritz?
nullnaught  
1 Apr 2011 14:27 | Quote
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i see. i use sand paper to shape things when i need to. And i used a hack saw to put the grooves in a saddle before. but please dont just do it. I dont know if these are good ideas or not.
tinyskateboard  
1 Apr 2011 14:32 | Quote
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Thanks Null.
nullnaught  
1 Apr 2011 15:04 | Quote
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Anytime. Id like to see a photo of this uke. I had a baritone uke a while back. I stupidly smashed it in a drunken rage. Im an idiot when i drink. So i quit.
tinyskateboard  
1 Apr 2011 15:35 | Quote
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Tidbit: A Baritone Uke and a Tenor guitar are almost the same thing.
nullnaught  
2 Apr 2011 00:03 | Quote
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do you mean they are around the same range like octive wise?
tinyskateboard  
2 Apr 2011 14:01 | Quote
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Tenor guitar has four strings and are normally tuned usually CGDA, similar to the tenor banjo or the viola but can be tuned DGBE. Baritone uke is tuned DGBE like the top four of a guitar.

So they both have four strings and can be tuned the same and are about the same size, but the guitar is usually steel string and the uke nylon.
tinyskateboard  
2 Apr 2011 18:54 | Quote
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Tenor guitar has four strings and are normally tuned usually CGDA, similar to the tenor banjo or the viola but can be tuned DGBE. Baritone uke is tuned DGBE like the top four of a guitar.

So they both have four strings and can be tuned the same and are about the same size, but the guitar is usually steel string and the uke nylon.


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