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    Quote Originally Posted by NotoriousMOK View Post
    INTONATION: The isntrument's ability to accurately produce the proper note at a given fret position.
    NUT (alt.): The person holding the ukulele.
    haha. im a "nut".
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    Also some string companies, and what the strings are made of might be a helpful addition. Along with tension of them too.
    When life's got you down,
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    you feel short and small in a world loud and tall,
    drowned in stress, and its a big mess,
    pick up your uke and play.

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    Might add Radius fretboard. Not really a begginer worry but a good addition to the ukulossary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NukeDOC View Post
    neck - the long part. hahaha
    fretboard - board that sits on the neck and houses the frets. usually made of a hard wood like rosewood, ebony, or maple.
    nut - raised section at end of neck and start of headstock which positions the strings at that point. usually made of a special plastic or wood. may even be made of ivory or bone.
    saddle - raised section that sits on the bridge that positions strings at that point. usually made of the same material as the nut.
    bridge - structure attached to the soundboard that anchors the strings and houses the saddle.
    active pickup - like the above, but is powered by an on-board battery that serves as a pre-amp, allowing for more detailed equalizer adjustments

    TECH TERMS
    action - refers to the distance the strings are from the fretboard. the actual distance preferred will usually come down to the individual's taste.
    intonation - The instrument's ability to accurately produce the proper note at a given fret position.
    scale - in reference to the size, it is the distance from the nut to the saddle.
    Okay, since its definitions, I may be picky, but, you can edit at will, or throw some of this into a left brain list. I've added a few things just because I've seen many comments on issues, with change this and change that, without knowing what repercussion(s) there may be, so I hope this helps.

    The neck is not only the long part, it is the part that defines a large part of what that particular `ukulele is about - how the `ukulele feels when it is being played. Profiles can be rounded, oval or flattened, depending on the builder, or player's needs.

    F/B wood is usually not made of Maple, except for Fender Guitars, and few customs. Generally, on `ukulele, there is still a bunch made with Koa F/B.

    The nut is not usually made of plastic - its usually made of bone and synthetics (unless that was the definition of plastic - to me, Tusq, Corian and Micarta are a step above plastic for purposes of nut use). Also made of Ebony, plastics and Ivory (on older or high end instruments). It also has slots to define the string spacing at the Zero fret. The nut slots also define action at the nut.

    The saddle also defines action at the bridge, as well as compensation for intonation in some cases. This is a key element in transfer of string vibration into the instrument.

    For the bridge, maybe throw in Tie, pin and pinless.

    The battery in an active pickup doesn't serve as the preamp, it powers the onboard preamp. The passive actually allows for more detailed EQ adjustments, because usually, you need one. Active pickups are modeled in the preamp.
    Maybe add in the different types of pickups - piezo, mic, UST. . .

    Action is usually measured at the nut as string height above the first fret, when the 3rd fret is pressed. Action at the saddle is usually measured above the 12th fret.

    Intonation can be affected by a string change, humidity change or adjustment in action.

    Scale should be measured from the nut to the 12th fret, then doubled. A number of builders actually add in length at the bridge for compensation.
    Note: Compensation - to add in length to the scale to adjust for variables such as action, string tension and string diameter.

    Some ideas to add in:

    Back & Sides: usually made of the same wood, this completes the body (along with the the Soundboard/top plate), and is usually responsible for coloring the sound of the instrument, to some effect (while the Soundboard powers the sound).

    Wound strings vs. unwound strings.

    Binding: strip of wood or plastic that goes around the edges of the top and back plates, usually to protect the top/side and back/side glue joints from splitting when impacted. Critical for guitars, useful for `ukulele.

    Purfling: small strips of wood or wood fiber that goes between binding. Also, decorative element around the top plate, inlayed inside of the binding, usually abalone or herringbone (also installed on the back and sides).

    Rosette: decorative element around the soundhole. Can be used to strengthen the edge of the soundhole to prevent loss of vibration energy.

    There's more, but I gotta go get some coffee. . .

    -Aaron
    Last edited by Kekani; 12-28-2008 at 08:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKESTAR View Post
    U.A.S n. Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome: syndrome in which ukulele enthusiast has steady desire to acquire new and or used ukuleles at all times of the day. Presently, there is no known cure.
    To add on to this, I present another syndrome.

    D.A.S. - Delivery Anticipation Syndrome - wherein an ukulele enthusiast wants a newly-purchased ukulele right away. Symptoms include e-mailing the seller every two hours, refreshing your e-mail every five seconds, and a desire to reorganise your living space to accommodate the new arrival. Rarely, patients will experience an overwhelming urge to bang their head against the wall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotoriousMOK View Post
    NUT (alt.): The person holding the ukulele.
    Heh, heh... good one. How about:

    Soundhole: Someone who is waaaaay too particular about the type of strings/cables/amps/mics/etc. he uses.



    Ah, but seriously folks... aren't concert ukes sometimes called "alto"? Should that be mentioned in the definition?


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    Nuke.. thanks for putting this together.. im printing it with your name on it to give to my high school ukulele club students.. this is awesome.
    BENEATH THE CLOTHES, YOU FIND A MAN. AND BENEATH THE MAN, YOU FIND.. HIS NUCLEUS.. HAHA


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    there's one smaller sized uke available these days,
    The sopranino: 12" scale (ca. 305mm).


    -maybe you consider that to be a tiny soprano ;-)
    Last edited by Daionsavage; 05-20-2009 at 09:57 AM.

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    Maybe mention the difference between geared and friction tuners, and between open and closed.
    “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -Berthold Auerbach

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    and the differences between Laminated and solid woods.

    laminate: several thin sheets of wood glued together
    Solid: just one sheet of wood, no glue!

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