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mangorockfish
08-18-2012, 11:11 AM
I doubt this is the right place for this, but why do all ukulele builders not round out the high end of the fretboard to conform to the sound hole? The squared off ends just look so unprofessional. Just wondering. I know I won't buy a uke with a squared off fretboard.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
08-18-2012, 11:18 AM
It's simply a matter of economy. It's much faster to chop a fret board end square than it is to make it conform to the sound hole or any other design.
That's the information I got from a very large guitar manufacturer anyway. It makes sense to me.
I've never made an uke with a squared off fret board. To my eye it looks awkward.

Doc_J
08-18-2012, 11:19 AM
It is a look. Each builder and player has preferences.
Personally I wouldn't want all uke fretboard ends to look the same.
The squared end saves some wood, and I think it looks nice IMHO.


I doubt this is the right place for this, but why do all ukulele builders not round out the high end of the fretboard to conform to the sound hole? The squared off ends just look so unprofessional. Just wondering. I know I won't buy a uke with a squared off fretboard.

mangorockfish
08-18-2012, 11:26 AM
It is a look. Each builder and player has preferences.
Personally I wouldn't want all uke fretboard ends to look the same.
The squared end saves some wood, and I think it looks nice IMHO.
To me, and I mean just to me, it looks kinda unfinished.

Hippie Dribble
08-18-2012, 11:33 AM
I disagree. I love the look of a squared off fretboard and the rounded off ones look ugly. I wouldn't buy a uke with a rounded end, but each to their own! good thing there's so many options out there eh
:cheers:

Doc_J
08-18-2012, 11:58 AM
To me, and I mean just to me, it looks kinda unfinished.

That's cool. Does it influence what uke you buy?

mangorockfish
08-18-2012, 12:41 PM
That's cool. Does it influence what uke you buy?

Somewhat. I know I'm shallow, but that's jus me.

GKK
08-18-2012, 01:24 PM
I like the look of the Squared off fretboard!...

The rounded end fretboards look kind of feminine too, me.

I also, like straight bridges instead of the rounded mustache type bridges. :)

Teek
08-18-2012, 01:32 PM
Ha, I love rounded fretboard ends or Martin style ends, and also mustache bridges! :D

coolkayaker1
08-18-2012, 01:47 PM
I bought a Koaloha tenor-necked soprano, with one big reason being the straight fretboard end.

I dislike the scalloped fretboard end of the standard soprano and the concert-neck soprano.

http://www.theukulelesite.com/koaloha-soprano-tenor-neck-new-model.html

http://www.theukulelesite.com/koaloha-soprano-longneck-koa-w-hard-case.html

So, really, everyone who disagrees with me ought to come over to my way of thinking since I've made such a convincing argument. Thank you.

mangorockfish
08-18-2012, 01:54 PM
I like the look of the Squared off fretboard!...

The rounded end fretboards look kind of feminine too, me.

I also, like straight bridges instead of the rounded mustache type bridges. :)

To each his own, BUT Chuck Moore has more pics of "other than squared off" fretboards on his websight than squared off ones and I really think he knows the score on what is cool and what is not. But, like I said, to each his own.

Hippie Dribble
08-18-2012, 02:06 PM
To each his own, BUT Chuck Moore has more pics of "other than squared off" fretboards on his websight than squared off ones and I really think he knows the score on what is cool and what is not. But, like I said, to each his own.

I think you hit the nail on the head mate, what is 'cool' is very much a personal thing. Hey, I like peanuts comics, table tennis and Happy Days...baby I'm one of the coolest cats at geekcamp. :cool:

Pippin
08-18-2012, 05:39 PM
I think you hit the nail on the head mate, what is 'cool' is very much a personal thing. Hey, I like peanuts comics, table tennis and Happy Days...baby I'm one of the coolest cats at geekcamp. :cool:

UBCool with me, dude. :D