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    Default Ukes with Radius Fret Boards?

    Other than Pono and custom, who makes ukes with a radius fret board? I find a huge difference in playability with my Pono compared to others with flat fret boards.

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    Cocobolo Ukuleles makes all of their ukes with radiused fretboards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uke Don View Post
    Other than Pono and custom, who makes ukes with a radius fret board? I find a huge difference in playability with my Pono compared to others with flat fret boards.
    Huge radius fan here. As far as readily available factory made ukes with a radius Pono is it. Cocobolo is a small scalembuilder that does a lottery system for purchases so you just can't buy one.

    As you pointed out there are many custom builders that offer a radius. Their prices are higher of course but that is the route I have taken.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    I believe the Enya X1 HPL models also have a radius fretboard. Probably the cheapest entry point.
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    In addition to the brands already mentioned, Blackbird makes some of their ukes with a radius fretboard, but maybe those have to be considered semi-custom orders.

    One thing I discovered lately is that a tighter radius makes it even more comfortable for me to play. As far as I know, most makers use a radius of 12" or 16". Jay Lichty offers a radius of 9" and that makes a huge difference to me.
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    Choirguy is correct about the Enya X1 series having a radius. They are all laminate, as in formica, come in soprano, concert, tenor, baritone and even a six string acoustic guitar. They are actually a very very good instrument for the money. If you are into the electric plug in scene Godin Multiuke has a radius and they are excellent. I own one and am very impressed.

    Collings makes all their ukes with a radius but they are no longer in production and they cost near as much as a custom. Pono makes so many different wood combos ie spruce or cedar with mahogany, ebony or acacia and all mango or all mahogany you could have two or three with different tones.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Kind of a specialty item but Godin Multiuke has a radius fretboard.

    Edited to add:
    Whoops I see that DownUpDave had already mentioned Godin. Count me as another very happy owner.
    Last edited by photoshooter; 12-09-2017 at 11:01 AM.

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    Mya-Moe and Mike Pereira as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SailingUke View Post
    Mya-Moe and Mike Pereira as well.
    Yes there are many custom builders that offer radius.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Thanks everyone. I ordered an Enya HPL just for fun.

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