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the.ronin
08-25-2009, 05:52 AM
Is it normal to have particularly high action on a tenor?

I’ve got a Kala solid lacewood tenor (http://www.kalaukulele.com/Kala%20Ukulele%20Lacewood.html).

When I practice, I’ll switch off between my concert, soprano, and tenor. Not just because I like the sounds each one makes, but also because I don’t want to get too used to playing a certain type of instrument.

I just notice that when I go to the tenor, I’m having to lift my fingers way higher to hit the higher frets (5th onward).

I think I’ve read where some people shave the saddle to lower the action, but I don’t think I trust myself to do something like that lest I ruin the intonation or whatever else.

I can provide some photos if that’s helpful.

Kanaka916
08-25-2009, 06:24 AM
See this thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5429), there are others - search for action, adjustment. You may wanna also get an extra saddle and use it rather than the OE one (easier to return to original).

Ukeffect
08-25-2009, 07:57 AM
See this thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5429), there are others - search for action, adjustment. You may wanna also get an extra saddle and use it rather than the OE one (easier to return to original).
I think that's a great idea, plus you could try out other materials for the saddle...say, corian or Tusq. That way if you mess up the saddle, you're only out a couple of bucks and a little time! :cool:

the.ronin
08-25-2009, 08:08 AM
Thank you for the link, Kanaka ... I think Iíve underestimated the importance of the saddle. Anyone have a recommendation on where I can buy quality saddles online?

Kanaka916
08-25-2009, 12:27 PM
Try Stewart-MacDonald (http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Nuts,_saddles.html).