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Slanted Bridge On Ukulele?

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My friend's kids tore his cheapo POS ukulele apart... since he was going to throw it in the trash, I asked him if I could try to fix it (he really liked playing it, but knowing him, he'll never buy himself a new one, much less a real instrument).

I'm ready to glue the bridge back on, but I'm wondering-- should I slant the bridge like one would on a guitar, or should the bridge be straight? I've seen photos with both --SwedishLuthier posted a pic of his super-cool electric uke, and it looks like he put a the bridge on a slant there. But it's hard to tell.

And if it does need a slant, how much of an angle should that be (I don't have much leeway, if I want to be able to hide the repair).

I'm not sure if it'll matter at all...we're talking plastic strings...

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if it didn't have a compensated bridge to begin with then i'd just glue it back where it was. i just glued the top and back on my first uke yesterday and while researching the building of ukes i didn't see any mention of slanting the bridge. a real short scale and the fact that most cords are played in the first few frets may be why it's not needed.

good luck

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Mickey, the bridge on my electric ukulele is straight. It’s the photo that makes it look like its slanted. Tirapop is right about the problem with the G-string (although the guy that has this ukulele tune it A D F# :D. The Ukulele is tuned like a guitar with a capo on the fifth fret, except that the G sting is tuned one octave higher. With a slanted bridge you would end up with a G string that never play n tune.

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  • 15 years later...

Nylon strings are like a rubber band, it takes a whole lot of stretching even for a semitone. That's why you can't bend nylon strings and that's also (partially) why you don't need to slant the bridge.

Further, the outermost strings on a uke are the thinnest. As the slanting is done to compensate the thickness (and stiffness) of the strings you can't do it similarly to a steel stringed guitar where you intonate the E strings and slant the bridge accordingly.

Individual bridge pieces could be used but most likely the effect would be insignificant.

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