The Effect Of Ukulele Sizes On Sound

- Mar 22, 2019 -

Besides the obvious physical differences, sound tops off the list of what makes the ukulele sizes unique.However, play the same song on a soprano ukulele, concert ukulele, tenor ukulele, and then a baritone ukulele and you’d find a much larger range of sounds.This is due mainly to the resonating space each ukulele has. The smaller the space or surface, the higher the sound. The bigger the space or surface, the lower the sound.

Think of a drum kit. Each individual drum functions in the same way, but, assuming everything else is there same,the size dictates thepitch.

The ukulele follows the same principle, but instead of producing one note itproduces many and the size affects the general tone of the sounds produced.

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Scale Length:

You’re probably thinking that “scale” is a sequence of notes that go “do re me…That’s one definition, but it also refers to the distance of the ringing string – from thenut thesaddle.

The length of the scale obviously changes the spacing of the frets, but it also affects how the strings feel to play and sound.All things being equal, along scale has more tension than a short scale.

Think of a soprano ukulele. It has a scale length of 13-14″ tuned to GCEA. A set of soprano strings are chosen for those tensions and measurements. But put those same strings on a 17″ tenor scale and try tuning it to GCEA and you’ll find that the tuninggets pretty tight before you reach concert pitch.

The tension and scalelength also affect the toneof the ukulele. A long scale gives the harmonics and overtones more room to ring and thus has a bright, chime-y sound.

A shorter scale forces the overtones into less space for athick, fuzzy tone.The scale, length, and fret specs presented below are just averages. Every luthier uses different dimensions for each of their ukulele sizes.

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