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hammer40
09-12-2013, 04:06 PM
For those that own both, I was wondering if there would be any issues when going back and forth from a radiused fretboard to a flat fretboard? Or is it such a subtle difference that it really doesn't make any difference?

Doc_J
09-12-2013, 04:21 PM
For those that own both, I was wondering if there would be any issues when going back and forth from a radiused fretboard to a flat fretboard? Or is it such a subtle difference that it really doesn't make any difference?

I have several of both. No problem at all.

tigersister
09-12-2013, 04:29 PM
I have one uke with radius and the others without. It's not a problem. If I've been playing the one with radius for a while and switch, I sometimes don't hit bar chords as cleanly for the first time or two, but adjust after that. It's a bigger adjustment for me to go from one size uke to another.

coolkayaker1
09-12-2013, 04:39 PM
For those that own both, I was wondering if there would be any issues when going back and forth from a radiused fretboard to a flat fretboard? Or is it such a subtle difference that it really doesn't make any difference? The latter, hammer.

Patrick Madsen
09-12-2013, 06:00 PM
I own both, doesn't really make a difference but I much prefer a radiused fretboard.

hammer40
09-12-2013, 06:29 PM
I didn't think it would a problem, but ya never know.

mm stan
09-12-2013, 07:35 PM
I believe the width and thickness of the neck has more to do with comfort and playability...the radius is so subtle....

kvehe
09-12-2013, 07:47 PM
I can't tell the difference.

NewKid
09-13-2013, 03:21 AM
I play a lot of barre chords on my radiused tenor and baritone ukuleles and I've found them a little more comfortable to play, especially after an hour.

Uke Republic
09-13-2013, 08:26 AM
We have had customers with arthritis that say it benefited them. Had plenty say it was very subtle as well. I think the same as Stan in general neck relief may be more important and also nut width. Of course playing technique can make a huge difference in comfort of playing.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
09-13-2013, 08:34 AM
I have both and I find that right hand technique feels a little bit odd with the radiused fret board.

Dan Uke
09-13-2013, 09:22 AM
I prefer flat as I think my left hand fingers bend back quite a bit

Steedy
09-13-2013, 03:55 PM
I prefer flat as I think my left hand fingers bend back quite a bit

This for me as well.

stevepetergal
09-13-2013, 08:39 PM
I'm the odd man out. I had both. Got rid of the radiused fretboard after a couple of years (even though it was my best instrument). I could not get used to reaching around three strings to fret the fourth way too often. And, I had far less success barring with the radius.

Johnny GDS
09-14-2013, 03:51 AM
I have both. Radius = great. I think it only really makes a difference on a neck that is at least a tenor width.

bazmaz
09-15-2013, 12:16 AM
My Godin is radiused - super comfortable. I dont have any issue swapping as it is very subtle.

mm stan
09-15-2013, 02:49 AM
My Godin is radiused - super comfortable. I dont have any issue swapping as it is very subtle.
Godins got great sound and tone...bit on the heavy side but that is because I have a very bad back disability....

haole
09-15-2013, 05:45 AM
I have both and I can barely tell the difference.