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    Lightbulb 10th, 11th and 12th frets sound the same

    Hello, folks!

    I got myself a Lanikai LU-21 and I like it, but there is a slight problem

    The sound on 10, 11 and 12 frets are the same.

    What is the reason?

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimanzee View Post
    The sound on 10, 11 and 12 frets are the same.
    What is the reason?
    If the string is fretted properly, I'd say this is impossible for technical reasons - a shorter string will have a different frequency. Not much, but still a noticeable half tone.
    My first guess would be your (probably musically untrained?) ear.
    You could verify this with a chromatic tuner (any will do, even smartphone apps).
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    That could be possible if those frets are badly set and you have a very low action - ie when you fret at the tenth, the string actually touches the fret two or three further up the neck
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    That could be possible if those frets are badly set and you have a very low action - ie when you fret at the tenth, the string actually touches the fret two or three further up the neck
    That was my thought, too. Either a high fret or significant backbow on the neck. Either one will require repair. If the instrument is new, I would suggest asking the dealer for a replacement.



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    Many thanks to you guys, but I'm not quite sure if you got me

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    Did you mean when you hold the tenth you get the same note on a string as you get on the 11th and 12th? If so, i got what you mean!
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    10, 11, 12 must all stop the string on fret 12.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    Did you mean when you hold the tenth you get the same note on a string as you get on the 11th and 12th? If so, i got what you mean!
    That's exactly it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimanzee View Post
    That's exactly it
    So what is probably happening is that when you press down on the 10th fret, the string is stopping at the 12th fret, either because the 12th fret is too high, or there is significant backbow to the neck. Either reseating, replacing, or filing the frets so they are the proper height is a straightforward job for a professional, although the cost of doing so could might be a high percentage of the cost of your Lanikai. A backbowed neck might be correctable if the instrument has a truss rod, might be a huge problem if it doesn't (and even if it does). In both cases, if this is a new instrument, it should be repaired or replaced under warranty, as the problem is a defect.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimanzee View Post
    That's exactly it
    In which case the problem is as we described - either the frets are too high and misplaced or the neck is bowed or mis set in the ukulele.

    I would almost suggest the action being way too low, but if that was the case you would get buzzing strings all over the place. Either way it needs a repair or a replacement, and for the money a LU21 costs, I would suggest the latter.
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