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France
07-04-2011, 03:48 PM
Sooo who likes wide necks? On a ukulele. I haven't played enough different ukes to have a real opinion but I imagine that my large hands and probably sloppy technique would be advantaged by a wider neck. Thoughts?

Hippie Dribble
07-04-2011, 03:51 PM
is that one of the reasons you're struggling with the MM france?

for me I prefer narrower necks...but I'm a little guy with relatively small hands and slim fingers. Wide necks just too much of a strecth for me.

France
07-04-2011, 03:56 PM
is that one of the reasons you're struggling with the MM france?

for me I prefer narrower necks...but I'm a little guy with relatively small hands and slim fingers. Wide necks just too much of a strecth for me.
Yeah a bit and the radius seems to make it tighter. I've been spending some quality time with it and enjoying it a bit more but still something not quite right. Trying to work out exactly what that is.

mm stan
07-04-2011, 04:01 PM
Could the action be the issue...too low or high???

uke4ia
07-04-2011, 04:33 PM
I like the narrow necks. With my playing style, I do a lot of fretting using my thumb coming around from behind the neck. It works fine with even my tenor, but it wouldn't work if I specifically went out and got a uke with a wide neck.

southcoastukes
07-04-2011, 04:39 PM
We love wide necks!

We don't go overboard, but the traditional neck widths were set when people were a lot smaller.

We think that as far as the relationship of scale to width - shorter scales need the widest relative widths - as they get really long (we are making 4-string guitars) you need to narrow them back up a bit.

olgoat52
07-04-2011, 04:43 PM
We love wide necks!

We don't go overboard, but the traditional neck widths were set when people were a lot smaller.

We think that as far as the relationship of scale to width - shorter scales need the widest relative widths - as they get really long (we are making 4-string guitars) you need to narrow them back up a bit.

I'm 5'6" tall which is average height (if this was 1492...)

olgoat52
07-04-2011, 04:45 PM
I have played guitar for looooong loooong time. And not so long on ukes. One technique that I almost never used was barring two strings with the same finger. I find I do it frequently on the uke. The wider neck makes it harder for me to get away with that.

Just a thought. Maybe you don't do much two string barring now but you may find it convenient in the future. Makes chord changes much faster sometimes.

southcoastukes
07-04-2011, 04:45 PM
I'm 5'6" tall which is average height (if this was 1492...)

5'6" hands?

olgoat52
07-04-2011, 04:47 PM
5'6" hands?

I could blow Jake and Aldrine away with the stretches. I'd be awesome!

Bao
07-04-2011, 05:02 PM
I love wide necks, i used to own a Kala KA-TE and the fretboard was small; i could manage playing it but it was tough when my fingers would touch the other strings accidentally.
Right now, i've got a Lanikai SMP-TCA which eliminates that problem for me and i can play much better now.
P.S. i'm a skinny and not very tall guy

CoryAndTheMcAtees
07-04-2011, 05:09 PM
My Nalu tenor has a wider neck than the usual tenor uke and I love it.

The spacing is nice for me, just feels more natural.

zac987
07-04-2011, 07:56 PM
I'm a big fan of narrow, vintage-style fretboards. I find it much easier to use barre chords, and they're generally more comfortable for me.

mybote
07-04-2011, 08:26 PM
Wide necks never really bothered me as long as it fits in relation to the head. Of course, if the head is huge, it could be a determining factor as to whether a second date will follow. Oh............wait a minute............Are you talking about ukuleles?

Dan Uke
07-04-2011, 08:26 PM
I don't mind wide necks but thick necks feel weird for such a small instrument ie my Koaloha felt really thin compared to the Pono I had, which made it a little bit more difficult to play

Pippin
07-04-2011, 08:53 PM
I love wide-necked ukuleles, but I have long fingers.

France
07-04-2011, 10:19 PM
Wide necks never really bothered me as long as it fits in relation to the head. Of course, if the head is huge, it could be a determining factor as to whether a second date will follow. Oh............wait a minute............Are you talking about ukuleles?
Haha I thought I had nullified any of those jokes by writing 'on a ukulele'. There's always one. Haha

France
07-04-2011, 10:27 PM
Could the action be the issue...too low or high???
Not sure. Do you think I should have a play around with the height? Do you have to sand the nut down or file the grooves a bit or what? I haven't done any real setup stuff apart from putting strap pins in my Kala. I have had a look and the nut groove on the 1st string is noticeably closer to the edge than the 4th string groove. Sometimes when I'm doing some stretchy stuff on the 1st string I pull it off the fretboard. As I said could be sloppy technique but it's definitely closer.

webby
07-04-2011, 10:38 PM
Best advice I can give is to bite the bullet and take it to a luthier.

For 100 bucks the local luthier here totally brought my guitar to life, new custom shaped bone saddle, new bone nut, fixed the action, correctly adusted the truss rod, re strung it, the difference was stunning, im sure a good uke would only benifit from a bit of loving tinkering from a set of professional and experienced hands.

mm stan
07-04-2011, 11:20 PM
Aloha France,
Sorry to hear about you issues with you Mya Moe...Yeah neck widths...it's personal preference...I know big guy like IZ who plays sopranos...it takes time to get used to them...they have their
advantages and disadvantages in both ways....with thin necks it gets crowded but you can bar the D and E chord with one finger...advantage.. you mentioned that your A string nut groove is
cut close to the edge...it could be the tighness of the nut or was cut off...gotta see it to tell. if you bend the string and it slides off the fretboard it ts too close to the edge cut. ...and the action is personal perference..I like mine about 3mm for picking and a little lower for strumming...overall 3mm is fine for me...I use a old posicle stick at the 12th fret to guage that.. here is something on
setups..hope it helps..take it in and let someone look at it who knows about uke setups...http://reviews.ebay.com/Ukulele-What-is-setup-Action-and-Intonation-mean_W0QQugidZ10000000004902503 hope it helps..here's another one on how
to do the nut...try to barr the first fret, if it is hard to do, it's probally high...but measure first....here's video.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0KsLSlzJiw
Hope it helps, Good Luck MM Stan

iDavid
07-04-2011, 11:39 PM
Kanilea has a wider neck and fine it very easy to play. I also have a Compass Rose, which doesn't really have that wide of a neck, but it is thicker from front to back. I always looked for thinner necks, but loved the look and sound of the Compass Rose, so ordered one. Now, I find the thicker neck to be the easiest on my hands.

I also found the weight of the tuners comes in to play quite a bit. If the uke is unbalanced, if can be a nightmare on your hands. I actually prefer the uke to be light-headed, so to speak...lol

Nixon
07-04-2011, 11:56 PM
I'm 6"5 with shovel hands, love me a wide neck <3

France
07-05-2011, 12:10 AM
I'm 6"5 with shovel hands, love me a wide neck <3
How wide is a wide neck anyway. Does 1/16 make much of a big difference when playing? What is the widest and narrowest that you guys have heard or seen?

Thanks for the info Stan haven't looked at the links yet but will. Ta.

iDavid
07-05-2011, 12:22 AM
not sure, but my Kanilea feels like it has WAY more room than my other ukes

70sSanO
07-05-2011, 04:49 AM
I think a lot has to do with the style of playing. Strumming chords is probably easier on a narrower neck, but I find that fingering notes is easier on a wider neck.

It is not that much different from guitar widths. Electric and steel string guitars are narrow, classical guitars are wide.

When I was young I liked narrow necks, but once I got used to a wider neck, I found it to be better all around. I prefer a wider neck on both guitars and ukuleles these days.

John

rem50
07-05-2011, 05:30 AM
I was going to buy a mainland concert and when I had the chance to play it I found the neck too wide for me. BUT then I played a mainland soprano pineapple (at least I think it was a soprano) I really liked the sound and neck ! there's my input. (personal fan of a "less wide" neck here)

Gerald Ross
07-05-2011, 06:41 AM
All my ukes have a 1.5" nut width. Both my Talsma's, my Earnest Tululele and my aNueNue Gerald Ross Signature Model.

The wide nut makes chording easier and the wider string spacing makes fingerstyle uke easier as well.

ukola
07-05-2011, 06:59 AM
If you like to do tricks with fretting your thumb the thinner neck is better. You can bar the GCE with your thumb and move your other fingers up and down the A string to make 6ths 7ths and majors. It's pretty fun and sounds cool too but its not the easiest technique to master and is really only feasible on a soprano.

Skitzic
07-05-2011, 07:20 AM
I like wide necks. But I think I like them more because wide necks usually = thicker necks and I like them good and chunky or my hand cramps up.

GX9901
07-05-2011, 07:20 AM
I like my neck-width at 1.5". I've ordered all my custom built ukes with this neck-width, including my Mya-Moe concert. For me 1.5" (or closer to 1.5" than the traditional 1-3/8") neck makes it easier to finger pick, and it doesn't really affect my strumming. A 1.5" wide neck with radiused fretboard is my favorite setup.

bbycrts
07-05-2011, 07:32 AM
Kanile'as do have wider necks, at least in their smaller sizes. It's the reason I ended up with a Kanile'a. For less expensive ukes, Koloa has about the same width as Kanile'a and I really enjoy playing that one, too (friction tuners, though).

I'm having a custom built and one of the specifications that will make it custom will be the width of the neck...

cashew
07-05-2011, 07:40 AM
I'm a fan of the skinny little necks... my favorite uke neck lately is the one on the eleuke.. which feels positively tiny.. and I have big-ish hands for a girl :)

France
07-05-2011, 07:59 PM
Kanile'as do have wider necks, at least in their smaller sizes. It's the reason I ended up with a Kanile'a. For less expensive ukes, Koloa has about the same width as Kanile'a and I really enjoy playing that one, too (friction tuners, though).

I'm having a custom built and one of the specifications that will make it custom will be the width of the neck...

What width do you go?