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10-28-2015, 07:02 AM
If you put a long neck on a tenor can the frets be made wider or does it Just result in more frets?

Jim Hanks
10-28-2015, 01:34 PM
Scale length and neck width are not related. You can have a wide neck tenor - 1.5" is not too rare and I think I've seen at least one 1.75" (Oscar Schmidt?). Likewise most baritones have standard 1-3/8" width necks. Oh, and longer scales don't necessarily mean more frets either. I've seen 12 fret tenors for example.

10-28-2015, 02:43 PM
By "wider" did you mean the space between the frets?

10-28-2015, 04:12 PM
a longer neck on a tenor may make it a baritone [19-21"]. THE NUMBER OF FRETS DON'T REALLY MATTER, it's the scale length. the frets have to spaced so they will correctly intonate, that, I be,ieve is a mathemetical thing/

10-28-2015, 07:59 PM
Wider fretboard width or wider fret spaceing?

10-29-2015, 03:45 AM
Wider fret spacing?

10-29-2015, 04:33 AM
I have 2 tenors with 18" scales. The frets are spaced further apart. I think you can find an online calculator. You will also be increasing the tension a bit depending on what scale length you want to achieve.

How you brace the body for this is for the real builders to answer.


10-29-2015, 05:31 AM
Ukulelerick - you could end up with more frets or the same number, but those you do end up with will be spaced further apart from each other, ie having a wider spacing.

Some really basic info: your 12th fret will always be at the middle of your string (let's disregard compensation right now). So if your scale length is 450 mm the 12th will be at 225 mm. If your scale length is 480 mm the 12th will be at 240 mm. So in the first case you get to divide 225 mm in 12 unique distances. In the latter you'd divide 240 mm in 12 unique distances.

How many frets you get on your finished uke depends on where the neck joins the body and how long you choose to make your fretboard after that.

Seek out the fret calculators that are available online. Look at pics of guitars, ukes and mandolins. Count frets and make a drawing of the uke you want to build.

Good luck!