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    Perhaps a video comparison of a 14 fret Kiwaya KTC -2


    https://www.theukulelesite.com/shop-...cert-pack.html

    and a 12 fret Kiwaya KTC-1 might help...

    https://vimeo.com/148526043
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    Being a finger picker myself, I would say that the 14th fret is a non-issue. If the ukulele had a 15th, 17th, and 19th fret, then I would be singing a different tune. But the 14th is just plain weird to me. I say stop at the the 12th, but if you're going to go higher, then get a 15th fret at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Yankee View Post
    Perhaps a video comparison of a 14 fret Kiwaya KTC -2
    https://www.theukulelesite.com/shop-...cert-pack.html

    and a 12 fret Kiwaya KTC-1 might help...
    https://vimeo.com/148526043
    A KTS-4 & KTC-1 are definitely on my "to get list".
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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    Being a finger picker myself, I would say that the 14th fret is a non-issue. If the ukulele had a 15th, 17th, and 19th fret, then I would be singing a different tune. But the 14th is just plain weird to me. I say stop at the the 12th, but if you're going to go higher, then get a 15th fret at least.
    I think it was not really about the number of frets, but if we wanted the body start at 12th fret. It to me has the advantages of a bigger body and somewhat easier to find the octave notes.

    15 frets is nice to have for a 2 octave range with a re-entrant tuning at least, but it can be a problem finger picking then if a low action. It is at least on my 18 fret concert. But a bigger body can help I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonCurt View Post
    A KTS-4 & KTC-1 are definitely on my "to get list".
    I've got a KTC-1. It's my favorite uke of the lot. They really are amazing instruments.

    I know I won't rest until I get a Kiwaya KTS-4 to go with it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Yankee View Post
    Perhaps a video comparison of a 14 fret Kiwaya KTC -2


    https://www.theukulelesite.com/shop-...cert-pack.html

    and a 12 fret Kiwaya KTC-1 might help...

    https://vimeo.com/148526043
    Thanks for those comparison videos. The 14 fret Kiwaya sounds deeper to me, which makes sense. I guess choosing between the two types would depend on the sound the player wants. I would personally prefer the deeper sound if it were, but others might want the brighter sound of the 12 fret Kiwaya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LPeacock View Post
    Thanks for those comparison videos. The 14 fret Kiwaya sounds deeper to me, which makes sense. I guess choosing between the two types would depend on the sound the player wants. I would personally prefer the deeper sound if it were, but others might want the brighter sound of the 12 fret Kiwaya.
    More important for me with the KTC-1 would be the absence of the overhang with the extra frets. I'm always bumping into those overhangs, which seem to be in exactly the spot where I like to strum. Probably more my fault than the uke's. Then the question becomes do I want to pay way more for that one feature, which is available on very few concert ukes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    More important for me with the KTC-1 would be the absence of the overhang with the extra frets. I'm always bumping into those overhangs, which seem to be in exactly the spot where I like to strum. Probably more my fault than the uke's. Then the question becomes do I want to pay way more for that one feature, which is available on very few concert ukes.
    If you're adventurous, you can "scoop" the fretboard. I did it on an older, inexpensive uke and I'm very pleased with the results.

    Basically, you pull all the frets past the 12th fret... or any fret you want past that, and then file/sand/chisel/scrape the fretboard down at least to the point that the bottoms of the fret slots vanish. You can then take it down nice and smooth past that point with cabinet scrapers and sandpaper to get a nice smooth finish.

    Power tools would make a very quick job of it if I allowed power tools anywhere near any of my instruments

    Here's a lousy pic of the one I did.
    The fretboard extension has been reduced to the thickness of a veneer overlay.
    IMG_20181106_130115_hdr.jpg
    Last edited by Swamp Yankee; 01-12-2019 at 11:04 AM.
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    I'm pretty sure my electric-acoustic concert has like, 16 frets, which is great for riffs. It's the Luna Tatoo, electric-acoustic model.
    Don't forget that Uke'n do it!
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    Ukulele extends neck in order to become 14 fret. Guitar extends body in order to become 12 fret.



    I have to buy 12 fret dreadnought before Dave buy it. :-))
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