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mineymole
08-15-2018, 02:53 PM
What other Uke makers create thin fretboards? I lover the fretboards on my 1950 Martin 0 and on the Kiwaya KTS4.

hollisdwyer
08-15-2018, 03:05 PM
What other Uke makers create thin fretboards? I lover the fretboards on my 1950 Martin 0 and on the Kiwaya KTS4.

I had the impression that most have thin fretboards. I’m the opposite, I only like wider fretboards. That’s why my Collings will be moving on before the end of the year. It’s a great sounding and playing instrument but not for my pudgy fingers.

Joyful Uke
08-15-2018, 03:07 PM
I'm not sure what your definition of thin is, but you might want to look into LoPrinzi.

mineymole
08-15-2018, 03:42 PM
I mean the actual fretboard not the neck. On the old Martin and Kiwaya it is quite thin. Others seem thicker... like 1/4 of an inch.

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spongeuke
08-15-2018, 04:07 PM
The modern way of making ukuleles is to have a guitar like fretboard. The vintage ones had veneer like fretboards or frets set right into the neck. I don't really know if having the strings closer to the sound board on vintage or having a taller bridge and saddle on modern make a difference in sound transmission. I can tell that the vintage feel lighter and vintage Martins are special.

mineymole
08-15-2018, 04:22 PM
The modern way of making ukuleles is to have a guitar like fretboard. The vintage ones had veneer like fretboards or frets set right into the neck. I don't really know if having the strings closer to the sound board on vintage or having a taller bridge and saddle on modern make a difference in sound transmission. I can tell that the vintage feel lighter and vintage Martins are special.

I wonder if any luthiers are making them like this. I really love the look of it.

aremick
08-15-2018, 04:47 PM
The modern way of making ukuleles is to have a guitar like fretboard. The vintage ones had veneer like fretboards or frets set right into the neck. I don't really know if having the strings closer to the sound board on vintage or having a taller bridge and saddle on modern make a difference in sound transmission. I can tell that the vintage feel lighter and vintage Martins are special.

My style 2 looks like that - bar frets separated by thin veneers. And it is very light...

Is it how they make bar fret fretboards in general?