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Scale Lengths, etc.

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String gauge for 20" - GDG

Started by jawbone. Last reply by Uncle Fred Sep 22, 2014. 7 Replies

Hey all!! Just found this area!!!I have built a 20" scale CBG for my grandson - I want to tune it GDG, that same as what I play. What gauge strings should I be using? I tried 36, 26 and 17 but it…Continue

Fret template

Started by Randy Drysdale. Last reply by wormil Aug 28, 2014. 5 Replies

I was reading where people on here would take the measurements off of stewmac and input them into their program and printout a template to tape or transfer their pattern to the fret board....anyway…Continue

Cura saz scale length

Started by Cin wel. Last reply by Cin wel May 25, 2013. 4 Replies

Im going to build a cura saz cbg and Im wondering if anyone has input? I'm thinking 18 in.scale length ,14 frets plus quarter tones..for fret spacing.. Any ideas?

fretfind

Started by Mike Sibinga. Last reply by wormil Jan 12, 2013. 3 Replies

Can anyone tell me what happened to fretfind2d?Continue

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Comment by Hal Allen on November 9, 2015 at 7:48pm

Is there anyone who sells fretted finger boards only?

Comment by jawbone on July 9, 2013 at 7:53am

Hey all!! Just found this area!!!
I have built a 20" scale CBG for my grandson - I want to tune it GDG, that same as what I play. What gauge strings should I be using? I tried 36, 26 and 17 but it sounds wonky. Can anybody point me in the right direction? Thanx

Comment by Jeff McFadden on July 2, 2013 at 12:03pm
Following up on Suspect Device's entirely accurate post, just go to any of the online fret calculators to get your starting point. There are some linked around here or you can just google fret calculator.
I'd post a link for you but I'm posting from my phone now and it's too unhandy.
Comment by Suspect Device on July 2, 2013 at 11:55am

Use whatever scale seems comfortable. For diatonic, just skip (remove) the 1, 3, 6, & 8 frets.

Comment by Randy Drysdale on July 2, 2013 at 11:35am
Any one know about the fret scale for a one stringed canjo tuned diatonically
Comment by Daryl Porter on June 6, 2013 at 5:57pm

Hi all, any one have ideas or comments on the best scale length for a two string fretless bass?

Comment by wormil on January 16, 2013 at 1:43pm

Use a fret calculator just like you would for a guitar. The downside of nylon strings is they go out of tune in a heartbeat.

Comment by Marcus P. Clarke on January 15, 2013 at 6:45pm

I have built about 100 CBG's and thought to branch out and build a baritone uke. I would like the longest scale at about 20". I will be using the DGBE strings but my question is finding the fret positions. Also wondering if I should use nylon strings. I plan on using a disc piezo at the bridge. Any thoughts ?

Comment by Rooster Reaves on January 12, 2013 at 7:36pm

Thanks guys, I hope my Hill Billy pea brain can figure it out!

Comment by Habanera Hal on January 12, 2013 at 6:15pm

Rooster -

Soprano - 13"

Concert - 15"

Grand Concert - 16" ( I have a Kamoa in this scale)

Tenor - 17"

Baritone -19"/20"

 

I guess you could build an 18" scale and call it a "Grand Tenor",  but most (real) ukulele builders seem to be pretty anal about what is "standard"  Glad us CBGer's are more open to "No Rules".

 

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String gauge for 20" - GDG

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fretfind

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