View Full Version : 14 Fret Martin Tenors vs. !2

03-09-2017, 08:07 AM
Got this tenor Martin ukulele off Craigslist recently for little of nothing. It hadn't been played for decades, but after a coupla weeks playing it started to open up. I'd always heard 14 fret Martin tenors didn't sound as good as 12'ves, but now I wonder how much...


03-09-2017, 08:27 AM
Oh sure, get us all going! :)


03-09-2017, 08:54 AM
I rwas told by a luthier that the 12s sounded better because of more optimal bridge placement.

03-09-2017, 09:37 AM
I've seen banjo makers run a tuning fork across the top of the head to find the sweet spot for the bridge. The sounding length and neck length are determined from that spot. If the bridge is off just a fraction, the tone of the instrument is compromised. Ukuleles probably don't have that advantage as the bridge placement is likely fixed before the top is glued on.