View Full Version : Spacing out on frets.....

04-26-2012, 04:11 PM
I am a singer and a strummer in that order.

My go to uke, after many forays into midrange ukuleledom, is my soprano flea.
I also have a really nice Pono soprano that I like everything about except that the fret spacing seems a bit tight.
I had an Ibanez concert that seemed to have similar fret spacing to my flea.
And I had a wonderful Tudorp/Bruce Wei tenor that, to my muscle memory, seemed to be a little long in the frets for me.
And I have a concert fluke that was closer to the Tudorp/Wei tenor in fret spacing.
Can I reasonably assume that my flea has a more concert-like spacing?

I want to know for my next trip to Hawaii.
I'm thinking I need to concentrate on concert size K brands.

Jason Paul
04-26-2012, 05:07 PM
I would say you're probably right.

I have a concert Flea and a concert Mainland. The Flea has noticeably more space between the frets. So, it wouldn't surprise me to find out that the soprano Flea is closer to a "normal" concert.


04-26-2012, 05:32 PM
The spacing between frets is related to the scale length: the distance between the nut and the saddle. The longer the scale length, the greater the spacing. I looked up the scale length for the flea and found that it is 14", which is on the long side for a soprano.