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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Greenbag View Post
    Kiwaya make amongst the very best of Ukes and they have wider than standard nuts and string spacing, as do several other high end products - draw your own conclusions.
    I've seen a couple others state this before and what I find curious is that my Kiwayas (KTS-5 and KTC-2) both have standard 1 3/8" nuts. I'm wondering if the Kiwayas with larger than standard nuts are laminates? I have a Famous (made by Kiwaya) laminate and it does indeed have a 1.5" nut (and as such, is a bit harder for me to play).

    And the Fluke is a perfect example of a uke with a wider nut, wider string spacing, and chunky neck that I find near impossible to play.
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    I'm not necessarily looking for wider string spacing. I'm looking at an Islander actually. In fact, I'm wondering if I should look at something else for that reason. I've noticed that most manufacturers do not include that in their specs. I was also looking on line at an Ohana. I can't tell from the picture how wide it is, but it is not listed in the specs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I'm not necessarily looking for wider string spacing. I'm looking at an Islander actually. In fact, I'm wondering if I should look at something else for that reason. I've noticed that most manufacturers do not include that in their specs. I was also looking on line at an Ohana. I can't tell from the picture how wide it is, but it is not listed in the specs.
    IIRC, in one of her videos on YT, Mim has said that she is the largest worldwide dealer for Ohana.

    Maybe worth getting in touch with her...she can tell you...

    or just email or PM Ken Middleton on UU, as both are close with Ohana

    Also, I know that Oscar Schmidt has a line of ukes specifically with a 1.5" nut, so maybe worth checking them out: http://www.oscarschmidt.com/products/ukes/ I think they call it the 'Comfort Series'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I'm not necessarily looking for wider string spacing. I'm looking at an Islander actually. In fact, I'm wondering if I should look at something else for that reason. I've noticed that most manufacturers do not include that in their specs. I was also looking on line at an Ohana. I can't tell from the picture how wide it is, but it is not listed in the specs.
    Are you looking at a concert or a tenor? I have two concerts (Teton laminate & Bonanza HPL) that both have 1 3/8 nuts. I recently acquired an Islander tenor with the 1 1/2 nut. There are pros and cons to each for me, and I'm trying to figure this out myself in the event that I want to replace my Teton concert with something else. I can definitely play some chords, like the Dmaj mentioned in an earlier post much easier and cleaner on the wider tenor. However, the same chords feel different between my Teton and my Bonanza concerts. The Teton has Aquilla strings and the Bonanza has fluoro strings. The Bonanza with fluoro strings seem easier. I have medium to large hands for a gal, but stubby/chubby fingers. I struggle mightily with barre chords. At this point, I'm too new at playing (since April) and I've only had the tenor a few weeks. I can't say 100% which size I like best. I do know that the size of a concert feels the best to me overall. Choosing between a traditional concert and something like a Kala Elite with the 1.5 nut is what I'll have to decide if I eventually get another Concert uke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janeray1940 View Post

    ...... And the Fluke is a perfect example of a uke with a wider nut, wider string spacing, and chunky neck that I find near impossible to play.
    It seems to me that we, perhaps foolishly, expect one size of Uke to fit all rather than just accepting that hands of different shape and size need different things to accommodate them. We wouldn't expect to all fit the same size of gloves or shirts so why the same size of Ukes? I don't find the Flea at all chunky (the Fluke neck is a similar size) but have discovered other things about Fleas that don't suit me. We're all different, one of my club's lady players just loves her Flea and comments on how comfortable it is for her to use - she has many Ukes but assures me that her Flea would be the last one she sold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I'm not necessarily looking for wider string spacing. I'm looking at an Islander actually. In fact, I'm wondering if I should look at something else for that reason. I've noticed that most manufacturers do not include that in their specs. I was also looking on line at an Ohana. I can't tell from the picture how wide it is, but it is not listed in the specs.
    Rolli.......I stay way from 1-1/2" nut width like the plague on tenors and baritones, my uke size of choice.. I have short fingers and my fretting hand is screwed up, so just the extra width makes it extra tough. But on a soprano or super soprano I prefer the extra room the 1-1/2" width provides and I own two super sopranos with that width and it was a big help, probably because I don't play soprano much and it feels cramped.
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    I do notice that while my nut width varies from small to fairly wide, my neck profile is invariably slender. That is probably why I am not bothered by the wider necks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I'm not necessarily looking for wider string spacing. I'm looking at an Islander actually. In fact, I'm wondering if I should look at something else for that reason. I've noticed that most manufacturers do not include that in their specs. I was also looking on line at an Ohana. I can't tell from the picture how wide it is, but it is not listed in the specs.
    If you want a high-quality laminate but with a standard nut, consider a KoAloha KoAlana; it'll probably beat anything else you can find in a similar price range.

    On my Islander concert, the string spacing at the nut is just shy of 30mm, but my Mainland concert has a spacing of 29mm, less than 1mm difference. You have a Mainland concert and a Makala, right? If your Mainland is like mine (it was built in 2008) then you'll hardly notice a difference on the lower neck; you should notice more of difference between the Mainland and the Makala, which probably has a more typical spacing between 27 and 28mm. (Strangely, my Islander tenor, with a wider nut, has a spacing even less than the Mainland, only 28mm.)

    Edit: My Mainland long-neck concert (2013) has spacings of 28mm/40mm.

    The real difference is in the fanout as you move up the neck: my Mainland's string spacing at the saddle is 37.5mm, on the narrower side, according to my sampling. Kalas also tend to have a modest fanout. My Islanders have a more typical fanout: 44mm on the concert, 43mm on the tenor.
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    I thought I would like it, but it's noticeable even going from a Fluke Concert up to a Fluke Tenor. The Tenor is slightly wider and it messes with my brain/ finger tendencies. I prefer the narrower one on the Concert, but I do have smaller hands
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