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    One uke can play 2 notes higher. Most players, including me, will probably never need to use those notes. Buy whichever uke fits your requirements best. Those 2 extra notes need not be a consideration.

    If it were the difference between 12 frets and 14, that would be a big consideration.

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    My favorite concert is an extended neck. It has 19 frets and there are 14 to the body. It also has a cut-away and that gives access to the upper frets. Do I use them, yes, occasionally.
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    This talk reminds me of the Jake concert I saw in March. He played some song and was playing well up the strings where there weren't any frets. It was amazing.

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    A KALA concert with 20 frets? Must be a long neck or something, my KALA tenor has only 18 frets and it is standard sized. What is the scale length of the KALA in question? I think 15 frets is standard on a concert with 12 up to the body (one octave) it sounds like you might be looking at a couple of tenors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukulelebadass View Post
    A KALA concert with 20 frets? Must be a long neck or something, my KALA tenor has only 18 frets and it is standard sized. What is the scale length of the KALA in question? I think 15 frets is standard on a concert with 12 up to the body (one octave) it sounds like you might be looking at a couple of tenors.
    I was curious about this and here is what I found. A luthier would have the specs on scale length, etc. that would explain these variations.

    My Jenny concert - 19 frets, 14 to the body
    My Kala f-hole tenor - 18 frets, 14 to the body
    My Pono tenor 19 frets 14 to the body
    My Tenor neck fluke - 17 frets, 12 to the body
    My KoAloha long neck soprano - 17 frets, 14 to the body


    Internet search
    HF-2 Kamaka Concert - 16 frets, 12 to the body
    Oscar Schmidt OU2 Concert - 16 frets, 12 to the body
    Ohana CK 10S/20S/35G-Concert 19 frets, 14 to the body
    Oscar Schmidt OU250Bell - 21 frets, 14 to the body

    In answer to the original post, more frets = higher notes.

    I love my three, 12 fret and one, 14 fret sopranos as much as any of the longer neck/more fret ukes.

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    Is the 18 fret board the same length just that you have more space on each Fret?

    For me that's the biggest difference between a Concert and a Tenor is that the Fret spacing is a bit wider on my Tenor, more forgiving....

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