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donagatbear
09-30-2014, 12:51 PM
Just got a new Bruce Wei Tenor Uke in maple. Anyone else have a problem with the headstock? The profile sticks way too far out and hits your index finger knuckle when doing chords like E 7th. I'm thinking of grinding it down on both sides of the head to make it more comfortable.

Camsuke
09-30-2014, 12:57 PM
Welcome to UU Donagatbear. Can you post a couple of images?

itsme
09-30-2014, 01:43 PM
Welcome aboard!

I have to question your LH position. For optimal movement, your fingers should be arched over the fretboard. They should not be leaning back over the nut or angled in a way where they would even touch the headstock.

anthonyg
09-30-2014, 02:01 PM
Pictures would be good. I have numerous Brucewei ukulele's yet I have an unorthodox techniques so I won't notice what you notice. Mind you. There is nothing about Bruce Wei headstocks that are in anyway irregular.

Anthony

PhilUSAFRet
09-30-2014, 02:09 PM
Watch some youtube videos on how to fret the ukulele. It is not necessary to rotate your hand that much toward the headstock to play E7.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4LgXB-Bf70

It is a little difficult to play many chords, but practice will take care of that. Just make sure you are fretting the chords correctly. Lots of players use slightly different techniques, depending on size of hands, fingers, flexibility, etc. etc. Good luck.

paullchter
09-30-2014, 02:57 PM
Bruce Wei ukes are .....for the most part....pieces of poorly designed/poorly built pieces of junk! Trust me, I bought one!

paul

itsme
09-30-2014, 04:37 PM
Bruce Wei ukes are .....for the most part....pieces of poorly designed/poorly built pieces of junk! Trust me, I bought one!
Some people here like their Bruce Weis, others have had issues with them.

They do a lot of inlay and fancy stuff. Nothing wrong with that, but sometimes the "bling" is more important to a buyer than the playing quality of the uke.

Tigeralum2001
09-30-2014, 04:52 PM
While there are occasional decent ones, Bruce Wei is known for being a better wall hanger than musical instrument... Turdorp used to work with Bruce to improve his instruments; you might want to PM him.

coolkayaker1
09-30-2014, 04:55 PM
I agree with posts 6 and 8, and I've never owned one. I've just read the threads. Scarier than the boogeyman under the bed. You know, the one that grabs your ankles when you get up for a glass of water in the middle of the night.

That said, welcome to UU, DB. You'll learn so much about ukuleles here. We love to educate others, and to spend their money.

Looking forward to the requested headstock photo.

kohanmike
09-30-2014, 05:17 PM
I have been using Bruce for my custom ukes for months now, two that I have (the gypsy and a mahogany mandolele I'm selling), two that are in progress (a gloss black mandolele and koa u-bass). The two I have are very well built and finished. Before I knew he did custom work, I bought a uke sold on his eBay store that was not well built, but I only paid $51 US for it. When I asked him about it, he told me those ukes are not his builds, but are from other builders he allows to sell through his store. He has since dropped those lower quality builders.

When I first started playing ukulele a little over a year ago, I did not hold the chords properly and had a hard time with some first fret chords, until I made myself keep my thumb on the back of the neck and hand as straight up as possible, made a big difference. I never have a problem with either of my Bruce Wei ukes.

anthonyg
09-30-2014, 06:54 PM
Honestly, why does every thread mentioning a brucewei ukulele end up a slanging match by those who don't own them?

I've just received a baritone ukulele from Brucewei. Its very nice. The fret and nut placement is spot on. The neck is straight. The headstock is a little thinner than my older ones. The saddle needs a little adjustment but this is NORMAL for everything but expensive luthier made instruments. The action out of the box is medium. I'll lower it a little at some stage but at the moment I'm happy with a medium action on a brand new instrument until I see how it develops. Oh, and it sounds good too but to be honest its only been a rare one that didn't sound good.

All in all a nice pickup in quality. What ANY of this has to do with the OP's issue with the headstock, which is in fact just a normal ukulele headstock is beyond me.

Anthony

Bao
09-30-2014, 07:24 PM
It's more to do with the positioning of your hand really! But old habits die hard so if you really want to sand down the headstock sides then that's totally up to you. Be careful though, you might come to regret wrecking the uniform finish as I have (that's assuming you don't know how to fix up finishes).

On a side note, I love the my hand made ukes by Taisamlu and I'm sure Bruce Wei's quality is just as good. Matter of fact, I'm having a custom made by bruce as we speak.

donagatbear
10-01-2014, 02:18 AM
Thanks for the welcome and some good advice.I think I'll work on my LH positioning before I pick up a rasp! The uke is by the way,beautiful ,sweet sounding and surprisingly easy to play.Action is just right and intonation is right on.I guess I got lucky, especially with what I paid-$79 plus $60 shipping. Thanks again.

kohanmike
10-01-2014, 07:33 AM
Can you post a photo of the uke, I'm very curious. Bruce has mentioned to me that he's making a great effort to sell better quality ukes from his eBay store.

coolkayaker1
10-01-2014, 07:39 AM
Can you post a photo of the uke, I'm very curious. Bruce has mentioned to me that he's making a great effort to sell better quality ukes from his eBay store.

I agree. I've sort of been waiting for photos.

Bill Mc
10-01-2014, 08:13 AM
I agree. I've sort of been waiting for photos.

Agreed. You ought to post photos since in your initial post you stated the headstock profile stuck out too much. Many opinions have been offered about your alleged faulty hand position without examining the claim you made about the headstock on your specific instrument. I hate it when opinions surge forward despite unexamined details pertinent to the accuracy of those opinions.

donagatbear
10-02-2014, 04:34 AM
Agreed. You ought to post photos since in your initial post you stated the headstock profile stuck out too much. Many opinions have been offered about your alleged faulty hand position without examining the claim you made about the headstock on your specific instrument. I hate it when opinions surge forward despite unexamined details pertinent to the accuracy of those opinions.

Dont laugh but I dont know how to post a photo.

Bao
10-02-2014, 04:53 AM
Don't worry, you can always just upload the photo to a media site or something you're familiar with and then post the link. :)

donagatbear
10-02-2014, 09:08 AM
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donagatbear
10-02-2014, 09:13 AM
I think I did it! Heres a picture.

Booli
10-02-2014, 10:16 AM
I think I did it! Heres a picture.

That headstock in your photos looks pretty normal to me.

The Epiphone Les Paul uke:
http://images.epiphone.com.s3.amazonaws.com/Products/Acoustic/Les-Paul-Ukulele-Outfit/Gallery/HS_Splash.jpg

and almost all of the Luna ukes:
http://www.lunaguitars.com/acousticproduct/lightboxpngs/honuhead.jpg

(both VERY popular) have a similar shaped headstock, and I've not read any complaints here on UU about their headstocks interfering with the fretting hand.

Maybe your technique needs work?

How are you positioning your hand in first position?

Are your fingers angular to the fret wires, or are they parallel to the fret wires?

A parallel position is considered better form and will build strength and cause less fatigue than if your fingers are angular to the frets.

There are 2 videos on this page that might help to illustrate this better:

http://learnguitar2.com/thumb-and-finger-position/

and although it is for guitar, the application is the same.

donagatbear
10-02-2014, 10:30 AM
They do look similar,dont they.I guess I'm used to my Lanikai and it has a narrower head with no bump out. Been a bass player for 45 years, have to work on proper technique on the ukulele. Thanks.

Booli
10-02-2014, 10:52 AM
They do look similar,dont they.I guess I'm used to my Lanikai and it has a narrower head with no bump out. Been a bass player for 45 years, have to work on proper technique on the ukulele. Thanks.

Maybe on the Bruce Wei uke, the profile of the bump out, from the front of the headstock, to the back of the headstock, is thicker, or the string break angle from the nut (to the tuning machine posts) is steeper, and due to the angle is interfering, and as such causing the problem?

The Big Kahuna
10-02-2014, 11:16 AM
Can you stand in front of a mirror, playing an E7, and take a pic, maybe with your phone? That's really the only way we can get an idea of what the problem might be.

I assume you're a normal human being, and both of your arms aren't attached to your right shoulder? (hey, it's worth asking, right?)

coolkayaker1
10-02-2014, 03:44 PM
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The Wei headstock starts the flare to the tuner immediately north of the nut. A KoAloha, by contrast, travels straight northward above the nut for a distance then flares out. I think I'd bump my hand on e7 on the Wei.

I guess we'll know more when the OP takes the mirror self-portrait requested by BK. Oh, and if you stand on your head, D, while you take the photo, it'll correct the reversal when you post it on UU. Thanks.

The Big Kahuna
10-02-2014, 07:00 PM
To be honest, the only reason I suggested the mirror selfie was in case the OP just happened to be a really hot chick.

I've just noticed that they claim to have been a bass player for 45 years, so absolutely no chance of that, unless it's Tina Weymouth*















* So still not much chance of that

kohanmike
10-02-2014, 08:29 PM
They do look similar,dont they.I guess I'm used to my Lanikai and it has a narrower head with no bump out. Been a bass player for 45 years, have to work on proper technique on the ukulele. Thanks.

I'm going the opposite direction; been a guitar player for 50 years, and ukulele for 1, now adding micro/u-bass to the mix. I do think your hand position is probably the culprit.

mm stan
10-03-2014, 01:48 AM
Hey gang, I think the op is talking about the lower tuner is hitting the back of his hand
If this is the case it is a design flaw.
Lower tuner is too close to the nut
Also the back above the nut transition is too sharp making it too thick early

coolkayaker1
10-03-2014, 05:42 AM
Hey gang, I think the op is talking about the lower tuner is hitting the back of his hand
If this is the case it is a design flaw.
Lower tuner is too close to the nut
Also the back above the nut transition is too sharp making it too thick early

Yes. Agree, at least as compared to KoAloha.

Brother BK, speaking of airships and bassists, check out this band. Doubt their guitarists have any issues clearing a nut.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH-_9cwdLug

donagatbear
10-03-2014, 07:07 AM
Actually I dont hit the tuner but do hit that flareout sooner than I'd like. I too was looking at other ukes and noticed that most of the headstocks travel straight up a bit more before they flare.I'll just get used to it. PS I am no hot chick!