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    Default NUD: Kinnard

    I’m always trying to slim down my collection, only keeping the best sounding to my ear. But I get rid of one then buy two. My latest is a Kinnard. I don’t even have it yet and I’m already looking for the second one. I think I have a disease. Anyways, this will be my first Kinnard and it intrigued me because it has a fret zero. I once owned a uke that had a fret zero and it had the lowest action and the loudest volume out of my collection. I should receive it on Wednesday. Anyone else have a Kinnard or fans of fret zero?

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    My spruce tenor fluke has it, I like it.

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    My Kinnard Series 2 tenor doesn't have a zero fret. Wonderful instrument.

    My Moodyville Gypsy Jazz tenor by Shelly D Park does. To be honest, I really can't tell what the zero fret adds to the sound or string height.
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    My Iriguchi has a zero fret. It makes for a pretty smooth action
    I think I have pineapple UAS

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    Congrats on the new Kinnard, I have heard these are amazing instruments!
    Happy just to be a Newbie +, Penny

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    Congratulations on the incoming Kinnard. Please post pictures once you have received it. I've owned two Kinnards and neither had a zero fret,. was not aware Kinnard offered that. I own three LfdM and they always come with a zero fret. Luis the builder explained the advantage was in setting the action and it works for all different diameter strings. You can go from high G to low G, fat to skinny with no adjustment.
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    Enjoy your new Kinnard. What woods?
    I have a concert Kinnard but no zero fret. It is, however, the best ukulele I've ever had the chance to play.
    I hope you feel the same about yours.

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    I’m not challenging anything but wish to know if there’s any disadvantage of zero fret. I tend to think that if the zero fret is not done properly, meaning if too high or too low for the specific player, you can’t adjust it at all. Unlike a bone nut. Jmho
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    I like the zero-fret concept simply because it appears to eliminate the traditional concerns about whether the nut has been "slotted" precisely. With the zero fret, the "end point" of the string is the zero fret itself, rather than the nut, and the nut then serves simply as a guide or "channel" for the strings as they make their way up to the tuning gears. On my ukes that have the zero fret, I tend to experience good intonation, and the open notes ring with the same tone as the fretted notes. I don't want to stir up a hornets' nest, as I realize there can be differing points of view on this, but honestly I can't think of any reason not to incorporate the zero-fret into uke construction. I am all ears to be corrected/educated, however!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Sheehan View Post
    I like the zero-fret concept simply because it appears to eliminate the traditional concerns about whether the nut has been "slotted" precisely. With the zero fret, the "end point" of the string is the zero fret itself, rather than the nut, and the nut then serves simply as a guide or "channel" for the strings as they make their way up to the tuning gears. On my ukes that have the zero fret, I tend to experience good intonation, and the open notes ring with the same tone as the fretted notes. I don't want to stir up a hornets' nest, as I realize there can be differing points of view on this, but honestly I can't think of any reason not to incorporate the zero-fret into uke construction. I am all ears to be corrected/educated, however!
    Thanks for the info.
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