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Hawaiian Nut
© Frank Ford, 9/6/98 Photos by FF

I don't have any idea how "slide," or "steel" guitars became part of the Hawaiian music scene.

Historically, the standard steel or nylon string guitar is known as a "Spanish guitar" to distinguish it from the "Hawaiian guitar" which is not fretted, but played with a slide.

To keep the strings high enough so the steel bar doesn't bump into the frets, Hawaiian guitars have Hawaiian nuts:

This instrument was made with the tall Hawaiian nut as standard equipment. You can also purchase add-on Hawaiian nut extenders to raise the strings on a standard guitar, so you can play both ways. . .



Easy, wasn't it?

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