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Thread: Scoop vs. Cutaway

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    Default Scoop vs. Cutaway

    I like a cutaway for the obvious—playing up the neck and ease of barring at the upper frets. But what is the point of the scoop? I like the look of the scoop but as one who’s never really tried a ukulele with a scoop—does the scoop function the same as a cutaway? Or is it’s purpose different?

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    Interesting question. I’d be interested in seeing the answers.
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    My understanding is they both serve the same function: to provide better access to the upper frets. The scoop is supposed to do that while minimizing the loss of internal volume of the body like you get from a cutaway. And of course there are basically two styles of cutaways. Which I can't remember the names of because it's late and I have had a nice Scotch whilst reading the boards.

    I know people that play both scoop and cutaway and like both.

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    All of my tenor ukes are cutaway, mainly because I like the look coming from guitars with cutaway, and of course for better access to the upper frets. I know there's this idea that it cuts back on volume, but I don't find that, all my ukes have very good volume, even when I compare them to non-cutaways. Also, no wear and tear on that part of the bout.

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    In the past I tried out a scalloped cutaway and I found it didn't offer me as much access as what I finally went with in my custom uke, a florentine cutaway. However those scallops look cool as heck. I will always be torn between the functionality of the regular cutaway and the novel beauty of the scallop

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    I have one of the original James Hill DaSilva with the the wedge. I don’t play above 12th fret often, but I like the access for strumming.
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    I have both. The cutaway allows me to barre an "A" shape at the 13th fret. The scalloped at the 11th fret. Barred "C" shape is 14th and 12th respectively. So a cutaway give a bit more room. However, I play above the 12th and have not had an occasion to play a fully barred chord up there. I can play any of the instrumentals I know with a non-scalloped/cutaway. Although it is easier with more room.

    I don't think there is any discernible tone differences between the two features.

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    I would like to see someone, not a big star, just a regular person, playing way up the neck that far. I'm sure that there are tons of videos, but I haven't found one. For myself, I can never visualize myself playing way up there.
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    Thanks for all the replies. I discovered the cut away when I bought a used Pono tenor. I am practicing pieces that go up the neck and find the cutaway to be very handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I would like to see someone, not a big star, just a regular person, playing way up the neck that far. I'm sure that there are tons of videos, but I haven't found one. For myself, I can never visualize myself playing way up there.
    I disagree if someone is playing fingerstyle instrumentals. If you play a ukulele to accompiany singing, the I have to agree that it would be rare.

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