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    Question What Ukulele for a big guy?

    Hello All...

    I have just started learning Ukulele and I have been using my daughter's soprano ukulele and it feels a bit small for me. I am 6'1" and have pretty big hands, so I am curious to what others experience has been.

    The tenor is nice and has some good size to it and feels pretty good.

    Also, the baritone is really nice and feels good, but kind of gets away from the ukulele sound in my opinion.

    What do you guys think? I value your opinions!

    Thanks!!!

    Dean.

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    Tenor with a wide nut sounds like the ticket.

    I'm similar in size and enjoy concerts with wide nuts too, like my concert Magic Fluke.

    To be honest, after 2 years I don't notice much difference. When I was beginning it was an issue.

    https://ukenut.com/comparison-of-ukulele-nut-widths/
    Last edited by maki66; 05-27-2019 at 02:44 AM.
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    BTW, welcome to the forum!
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    For a beginner, I always recommend a concert, unless they have played a stringed instrument before, but if you've already tried a tenor & like it for size, go ahead & get one.

    Sopranino to baritone are all used by people on here, but it's best to start out with one of the regular sizes.
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    Welcome Dean. Here's my story; I started playing ukulele 6 years ago after playing guitar for almost 50 years. I'm 5-10, 195 lbs with medium hands. A few weeks before, I bought a cheap uke because it looked like my Fender Telecaster electric guitar that was just going to hang on the wall next to it. A couple weeks later I received a yearly post card that there will be a summer play along that I did for guitar, but for ukulele instead. I decided to join since I have a uke, but when I went online to learn the basic chords required, I had a hard time using that uke.

    I found out about the different sizes and realized mine was a soprano, so I went to my local guitar store and tested the concert and tenor. Without a doiubt the tenor with slightly wider nut was for me. In that first year I accumulated 16 tenor cutaway ukes, a year later cut them down to 4, and now have 9 tenor cutaways. By the way, all re-entrant/high G tuning, I think linear/low G sounds too much like a guitar.


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    I am a big guy witrh big hands and i play all from Soprano Ukulele up to big Guitars

    But if i would have to decide wich Ukulele size ist the most comfortable for me, i may say Concert or Tenor
    Bigger feels good too, like Guitars, but as Ukulele its Concert/Tenor

    I would say get many Ukuleles in all Shapes and sizes like most people do ;-)

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    Dean, I think if the tenor feels good, go for it. As a long-time guitar player who took up the uke recently, baritone is the only model that I am able to play accurately. For me, the frets on tenors are a little too close together, especially from about the tenth fret and up. So I've bought a couple of baritones, which I keep in two different tunings. But from time to time I still get out the tenor and see if I can adapt my fingers to the narrower fret spacing. There sure seem to be a lot more nice ukes available in tenor size than in baritone, so it would be advantageous to be able to play a tenor.
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    I'm a big boy. I have a size 11 ring finger. I can play soprano just fine. I usually play concert, but I have no reason for it. I don't play a wide neck ukulele, just standard neck sizes. I don't notice the difference between the concert and the soprano when I switch between the two. Some people do though. I don't think that you will go wrong with a tenor. It certainly won't be too small.
    Last edited by Rllink; 05-27-2019 at 08:26 AM.
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    This sounds like a variation of the old joke: what do you give a 500 lb. gorilla? Whatever he wants.

    Similarly, what ukulele do you give a big guy? Whatever he wants.

    For what it is worth, I play tenors exclusively and I've done that since day one. However, it is more for psychological reasons. In my mind's eye, I thought I would look silly holding a small instrument and I thought a small ukulele would sound too much like a toy. I freely admit that I held those prejudices out of pure ignorance and I no longer foster such thoughts, but it is now too late to change as the tenors feel natural to me.

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    Welcome.

    Arthritic hands make a Soprano impossible for me, Concert is better but still tight. So for me, a Tenor fits the bill.

    So do try both again, learn a few simple chords prior like C Am F and G and strum a bar (4 strums) of each chord in turn in the music shop

    Then buy which size you are most comfortable with.

    It does not really matter if you choose one but end up wanting a different size for that will happen anyway, you will have no choice in the matter, one Uke is just not enough.
    Col.
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