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Thread: Ohana super Sopranissimo - Neck conversion

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    Default Ohana super Sopranissimo - Neck conversion

    My last task was to shorten a Kala travel uke.

    Today I looked at the Ohana Sopranissimo that I have up for sale - Only reason I am selling is that I like to play std soprano scale.

    So my thought was would it be possible to remove the neck on the Sopranissimo and install a std Soprano scale neck? Making a Super Sopranissimo?

    How would I remove the existing neck without destroying the Uke?

    Any suggestions on what neck would fit well?

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    Robin, would "switching in" a soprano-scale neck necessitate re-locating the bridge, to keep intonation accurate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Sheehan View Post
    Robin, would "switching in" a soprano-scale neck necessitate re-locating the bridge, to keep intonation accurate?
    Possibly - right now it has a scale smaller than Soprano but can still be tuned to std GCEA tuning - but strings are at relatively low tension. Adding the longer neck would increase the string length (but still not to a full Soprano length) so I am thinking will increase the string tension (Which is good) and should tune OK.

    Due to the size of the body even moving the bridge would not make the string length "full" soprano length.

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    Unless you are a luthier, I wouldn't go there, just get another soprano.

    I've often thought I'd like to try a sopranino, but I personally don't get on with the soprano scale, so have held off, I prefer a long neck soprano, & upwards regarding size.
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    Although that would certainly be possibly, the amount of work required and the doubtful results would probably make it a waste of time. I'm guessing you would have to saw the neck from the body and then attach the new one with a dowel or two. Then you'd have to get the nut to 12th fret to saddle distance right. It would be simpler and faster to buy a replacement uke.
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    I agree with Keith and Jerry, Robin! I'd hang onto that O'Nino! They're so darn cute! And again, they'll handle aDF#B tuning (with standard soprano strings) very nicely, so if you're ever in a situation where you need a decent "conventional" sound, but with super portability, it fits the bill quite nicely!

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    The point of the exercise is to end up with the smallest/shortest Soprano scale Uke possible.

    My Kala travel use (cut down) is small - but I want smaller.

    So a long neck Sopranino appeals - but I cannot find anyone building these.

    So a neck transplant and moving the bridge down to give the full Soprano scale appeals.

    I found a broken Ohana soprano on ebay for $20 which I have bought for a donor neck - once it arrives I will check measurements and see if it is remotely possible.

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    I'm sure there are luthiers who would build one for you. Perhaps builder http://bluefrogukes.weebly.com/
    would do so. He's a member - diogenes blue.
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    Sopranos, Concerts, and Tenors including Baritone body at a Tenor Scale - 4 String, 5 String and 8 String :-)

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    Try the Fremont Sop Hards on the little one. I found they eliminate the sloppy string tension on my little ones, even though I can deal with the tight frets too well. They are just too cute to sell.

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    Its not going to work. Theres no room for the bridge.The Ohana soprano neck is scale length 14 with the 12th fret at the body. The saddle will need to be 7 south of the neck-body joint. The sopranissimo body is 7 long.

    You might be able to make it work with a 14 fret to the body neck if you can find or make one.

    If the goal is a project Id start from scratch. If the goal is to have a small soprano Id look at something like the Romero Creations XS or commission a custom build. If the goal is cheap Id swap out the strings and stick with what you have.

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