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neck and setup specs for concert uke

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neck and setup specs for concert uke

Postby Kary Karahadian » Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:55 am

I've played one ukulele in my life so i don't have much to go on. what are some standard parameters for 1) string heights above fret at 12th, and 2) saddle height off top?
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Re: neck and setup specs for concert uke

Postby Rob Collins » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:27 pm

I aim for 2.5-3mm air gap between the string and the fret crown at the 12th fret. (I use a drill bit as a gauge).

My bridges are usually about 7-8 mm tall with the saddle protruding by 2.5mm or so.
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Re: neck and setup specs for concert uke

Postby Kary Karahadian » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:45 pm

Thanks. do you radius your fret boards? they're so small, not sure it would make any difference.

Being a classical player, I'm struck by how narrow uke necks are. other than convention, why not make them a bit wider for ease of playing?
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Re: neck and setup specs for concert uke

Postby Chris Reed » Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:20 am

My numbers are like Ron's. I use flat fretboards.

The string spacing on a uke is usually 8.5-9 mm, the same as a classical guitar. You can build a neck as wide as you like, but most players find this spacing comfortable. The string spacing doesn't have to match the neck width, so you could build a wide neck with normal spacing, but it would look odd.
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Re: neck and setup specs for concert uke

Postby Kary Karahadian » Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:07 pm

Thanks for the info. Being a newbie to bolt on necks (up to this point, i've built all my guitars with Spanish heels) and ukuleles i'm going to let the questions keep rolling.

I'm planning on a bolt on, butt neck body join. would one 10/24 insert be enough? 1/4" seems to big. two inserts seems overkill for the low tension on this instrument (?)
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Re: neck and setup specs for concert uke

Postby Clay Schaeffer » Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:12 am

Some people use a glued butt joint neck - no bolt. Depending on the size of the uke (soprano) you may not need much in the way of neck attachment.
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Re: neck and setup specs for concert uke

Postby Kary Karahadian » Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:10 am

that makes life simple!

thanks
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