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    Not that advanced. And no, it isn´t scalloped. Back to basics, a convex lens is bent outwards, right?
    A concave lens is bent inwards. If the fret has a shape that makes it fit to concave lens, then I call it bent concavely or just concave, please correct if I´ve misunderstod anything.
    I find difficults in getting a good photo. It is the 6th fret.
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    There seems to be a language barrier here Henning. So its just one fret and all the others are fine?

    "Stuff happens" is the best answer I can come up with for the original question. I've had single frets repaired before on a ukulele due to wear and tear. If you can't see an obvious cause for the problem, even if you can see an obvious cause of the problem, just take it to a Luthier to have it fixed. Frets need to be fixed and replaced from time to time for various reasons.

    Its nothing particularly unusual.

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    Maybe the fret is worn down at that spot and needs replacing .
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    It is really a new ukulele. Well, not more then a few years. It has hardly been played at all but most of the time been sitting or hanging on the wall.
    I´d indeed find it a challenge to play an ukulele so much that the frets get worn.(!)

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    Well, is it just the fret that's warped or is it the fretboard that is warped at that point? Can you see the ends of the frets sticking up a little from the fretboard?

    TO be honest Henning I still haven't got a clear answer from you as to exactly what the problem is and I'm still guessing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyg View Post
    Well, is it just the fret that's warped or is it the fretboard that is warped at that point? Can you see the ends of the frets sticking up a little from the fretboard?

    TO be honest Henning I still haven't got a clear answer from you as to exactly what the problem is and I'm still guessing.
    Me too. The photo that Henning has included is tiny upon clicking it and with poor lighting and does not show much detail and is more just a side profile of the fretboard.

    Lack of playtime as per Henning's description does not indicate anything at all to me.

    I agree there seems to be a vocabulary problem in describing the issue, and I am at a total loss as to what the problem is, and also how to remedy it, since I dont understand it.

    Maybe the problem is me?

    I'm just not 'getting it'...and maybe my eyes are bad?
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    I'm guessing that the frets are popping up in the middle of the fretboard. Probably due to low humidity. Try humidifying the uke and then gently tapping the frets back down flush with the fretboard.

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    Or perhaps there's a slight concavity across the width of the fretboard? I never make a fretboard perfectly flat across it's width. I give it a touch of camber even on non cambered fretboards if you know what I mean. It's just enough to prevent the fretboard ever becoming concave - which you certainly do not want if you play any barre chords. Then again the OP could be referring to something completely different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uke Don View Post
    I'm guessing that the frets are popping up in the middle of the fretboard. Probably due to low humidity. Try humidifying the uke and then gently tapping the frets back down flush with the fretboard.
    Thanks for your responses!
    Normally when you make a fretboard you give it a slight convex touch in parallell with the frets, this is most obvious in Western guitars, but also Classic guitars might have it. Here the frets are popping in to the fretboard. I have been humidifying it since I got it last Thursday. I also pressed in ´the most popping fret´. I tried the fretboard with a straight edge but couldn´t find any wiggling. I am tired about this matter as well as in a whole by now. cheers!

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