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Fixing My E-String
Why does it touch the violin?
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Lizzy274
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August 5, 2012 - 9:46 pm
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My E-string is touching the violin towards the nut i see that it probably is too engraved on the nut but how can I fix it by myself or do I have to take it in or what ???dazed

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@ Lizzy274... What I do with mine, if they need fixing is to fill the groove with "J.B.Weld",it is a two part epoxy, very strong and hard, which is available in any hardware or auto parts store. I can't find your profile so i'm not sure of your age or your capabilities to do this. I'm sure you can do this by yourself though. Mix the two part's of the JB Weld together in equal parts from each tube. Apply just a small amount into the old string groove, a groove that tiny you can use a toothpick to apply the mixture, let it harden thoroughly, read the back of the package for drying time, you can sand it smooth using a very fine finger nail file or fine sandpaper, I think the nail file would work the best, it's more controlable than sandpaper, be very carefull not to apply too much, otherwise you'll have it all over the place. I apply a strip of masking tape on the fingerboard, tight to the nut, that keeps the epoxy from getting on the fingerboard. After sanding, use a very small three corneded / triangle file to regroove it, being carefull this time not to go to deep. The E string should be fllush or just a bit above the nut, you will be able to feel the top of the string when you rub your finger across it. Apply masking tape on both side's of the nut, you don't need to get any on the wood finish. There is not a cleaner that will remove the JB without damaging the finish, so be EXTRA carefull.

The J.B.Weld is black in color so it will match the nut, unless the nut on your violin is white.

Good luck, I hope this help's. Will save you money not having to take it in to a Luthier.

                             crossedfingers You can do it.

 

 Ok, Lizzy,,, I just found out your age is 13,, ask your Dad or another male person to help you. Older brother ?

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another alternate method of building up the groove on the nut is to take a toothpick and a tiny, tiny drop of superglue. Removing the E string and letting a couple of applications of the super stuff build up the groove. Same clean techniques apply as stated above... just less mixing and mess. It should be considered a temp fix just as using the JB Weld stuff.

"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

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Again I stand corrected.

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Fiddlestix said
Again I stand corrected.

You are NOT being corrected! hats_off

 I simply added to your worldly expertise and thought an additional method would benefit those out there with the same problem since not everyone has JB Weld in their tool box but I don't know a woman that doesn't have nail glue in her purse.

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"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

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cdennyb said

Fiddlestix said
Again I stand corrected.

You are NOT being corrected! hats_off

 I simply added to your worldly expertise and thought an additional method would benefit those out there with the same problem since not everyone has JB Weld in their tool box but I don't know a woman that doesn't have nail glue in her purse.

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forget nail glue i am part of a fix it family and have a giant toolbox with many things but one thing i dont have is toothpicks lolamuse

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