~Thursday 21st of March 2019~
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UkuGuides offers you tons of guides and resources to learn playing the ukulele, how to take care of your beloved instrument and much more. Some guides are directed to newer ukulele players, while others are for advanced players. At the top you can find maintenance guides. After that we go to the moment before your first ukulele (green booklets) until you are an advanced ukulele player (orange booklets). At the end you can find some more theoretical guides. UkuGuides is constantly being updated and new guides are added frequently. Can't find the answer you were looking for? Request a guide by clicking here!
Parts Of The Ukulele Explained
Knowing your ukulele parts can become quite handy when you are talking with other people about the ukulele or when you are in need of a spare part. This is a brief guide to explain you all the main parts of the ukulele.
Body: The body consists of a back, top and sides. This is were the choice of woods can become very important to create either a warm, crisp, full sound. This will be either laminated or solid.
Sound Hole: The sound hole is an opening in the top of the body to let the created vibrations out.
Bridge: A bridge is mounted on the top of the body and holds a saddle which is needed to hold all the strings in place and above the fretboard (= action). You will make your knot in the strings at the bridge when you are stringing your ukulele.
Nut: The nut keeps the ukulele strings in the correct positions (together with the bridge).
Tuning pegs: Also referred to as tuning keys and machine heads, are the parts that hold the strings. By twisting (rotating) them, you can tune your ukulele.
Headstock: This is the top part of the ukulele and here are the tuning pegs attached to. The brands logo is most of the time on the headstock and a serial numer might be on the back of it. The ukulele in the picture is a generic Ibanez ukulele (permission was granted to use this ukulele image for UkuTabs and change the logo).
Neck: The neck is a sturdy piece of wood that supports the fretboard and connects the headstock with the body.
Fretboard: On the fretboard you can find all the… frets! The first fret is the one most near to the headstock. Fretboards are usually made from rosewood. The more high end ukuleles might feature an ebony one.
Fret markers: These are usually dots, but on custom or limited (read: expensive) models these can be more artistic. They are there to make your life easier, so that you quickly know where you are playing. They are usually positioned at the third, fifth, seventh, tenth and twelfth fret.
Frets: The actual frets are those metal “bars” that are on the fretboard.
Strings: Strings are the things you strum or pick to create vibrations. These vibrations are sent through the sound hole to the body (amplifies them) and create the sound.
The “ukulele anatomy” thumbnail next to the title at the top is originally from salemukes.com