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    I have had the Martin S-0 (Made-in-Mexico) soprano in the past, and recall that one of its distinguishing characteristics was its somewhat "chunkier" frets, which I thought of as almost "jumbo". I really liked the way they looked and felt. Does anyone know if there are any other brands of sopranos that feature those larger style frets? Thanks!

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    Hi, Bill!

    Mahalo Kahiko Plus Wide Neck Soprano has 40mm nut and looks chunkier.

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    Pono uses chunkier fret wires. As a matter of fact I liked the size of them so much I specified that size when I had a Ono concert custom built. My LfdMs have the same size as does my Kimo super concert and Webber custom tenor. Again I had asked for that size to be used on those builds.. I have a Kala super soprano and thenfret wires are not the skinny type. I had a Collings and they use the skinny fret wire and I always had trouble playing barr chords cleanly on that uke, I eventually sold it.
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    I've just checked: Pono, Romero Creations and KoAloha Opio all have fret wires that are more on the "fat", "thick" or "chucky" side, whereas Kanilea and Moore Bettah have the thinnest and flatest frets in my collection.
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    Thank you, Tush, Dave, and Rake, for this input! I'll browse further with those thoughts in mind!

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    Fret wire personalities!

    What are the pros and cons to fat frets?
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    The frets on my Anuenue AMM3 tenor are quite chunky.
    But that range only comes in smallish body concert, large body concert and tenor, not in soprano.
    I dont know about their cheaper models and their more expensive Bird series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fretie View Post
    Fret wire personalities!

    What are the pros and cons to fat frets?
    Fretie, I like the fatter frets simply because they give me a feeling of being more "grounded" when I play. It's a hard sensation to describe, kind of a matter of personal taste, I guess!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkingViking View Post
    The frets on my Anuenue AMM3 tenor are quite chunky.
    But that range only comes in smallish body concert, large body concert and tenor, not in soprano.
    I dont know about their cheaper models and their more expensive Bird series.
    Thanks, Viking, I appreciate those additional thoughts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Sheehan View Post
    Fretie, I like the fatter frets simply because they give me a feeling of being more "grounded" when I play. It's a hard sensation to describe, kind of a matter of personal taste, I guess!
    Humm...now I am on the hunt for a fat fret uke to give some attention to how that would feel when playing...who doesn’t want to feel grounded! Thanks Bill.
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