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Jul 17, 2020 - 4:15:04 AM
140 posts since 12/30/2008

About a year ago, I acquired an old fiddle from a second cousin. It needs some work to get it playable, but I'm not sure it's worth the cost to take it to a professional.

I've carefully cleaned off a layer of dirt and in doing so the nut popped loose. Should I use hide glue on that, or something else? Do I clamp it until the glue dries?

This might be the first of many questions as I attempt to rehab this fiddle.

Jul 17, 2020 - 5:44:03 AM

276 posts since 1/5/2009

Yes Hide glue is what you need to use. If the strings are on the instrument you can use them as a a clamp. If not a rubber band clamp will work. You just need to make sure the glue area is clean and free of dirt, rosin and old glue. Then check that string spacing is correct when finished
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Jul 17, 2020 - 6:10:22 AM

853 posts since 1/25/2008

The nut is really held in by the string pressure. As a luthier, I was trained to, and only use, two very small drops of glue to hold the nut in. Since this is a non-critical area, even a couple of tiny drops of Elmer's Glue (not Titebond!) will work fine.

Jul 18, 2020 - 1:59:04 AM

kjb

USA

712 posts since 6/8/2013

yes I have been using elmers white glue for that , not had a fail or a problem taking the nut off for 40 years

Jul 19, 2020 - 7:45:07 AM

140 posts since 12/30/2008

Thanks. I'll give that a try, and use the rubber band. I don't trust the sound post (another pending project) enough to use much tension on the strings.

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