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Original Post By: mLKauai Date: 3/14/2020 12:02:42 AM
I'm sure this has been covered but please comment on pro and/or cons of a radiused fretboard.
I've been around a long time and a while ago I decided I preferred the flat fretboard for my tenor ukuleles.
I play a lot of solo lines along with my chording btw but I can't remember exactly why I didn't prefer the radius feel.
Mahalo
Posted By: DaveM Date: 3/29/2020 3:08:20 PM
I've found (with limited exposure to radiused fretboards) that there are so many other factors in playing a ukulele that I can't isolate the fretboard from everything else. Put another way, I have a Godin Multiuke with a radius that is as comfortable as anything I've played -- as well as a Pono spruce top baritone that is not as comfortable as the same baritone, but all-mahogany with no radius.
Posted By: Ukeguy Date: 3/31/2020 1:35:26 PM
I have a number of ukes with both radius and traditional fretboards. I do have some arthritis in my fretting hand and I do find that a radius fretboard helps when playing higher on the fretboard.
Posted By: hochapeafarm Date: 8/19/2020 12:03:37 PM   (Updated: 8/19/2020 12:04:13 PM)
Aloha, mLKauai ~ I prefer a radius fretboard because I have wrist tendonitis, terribly, in my fretting hand. It took me about 3 years of playing and trying out different ‘ukuleles until I finally realized that a radius fretboard is what factors in my comfort, playability, and duration of playing time. Having said that, I recently watched a video by Hawai’i Music Supply/The Ukulele Site in which Corey Fujimoto, Mika Kane, and Andrew Kitakis discuss the pros and cons of radius fretboards — I’ll see if I can find it and post the link later.

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