If you want to know what the parts of a Ukulele are and what they are for this is your lucky day, because in this blog we will tell you all about it!
1 Shovel or Headstock
This is the top of the Ukulele, contains the pegs that hold the strings and tune the ukulele.
Are used to tune the strings by tightening or housing each string. Some pegs are placed on the holes drilled in the blade, others are placed like the guitar holes on both sides of the blade.
The most common material for machine heads is chromed nickel.
3 Cejuela / Bone
A slightly raised plastic or wooden bar, located at the base of the shovel, with shallow grooves for the ropes to pass through them. Sometimes when a ukulele's bone is too high it can make our Ukulele trash, the solution to this may be to file it, but you have to do it very carefully to make it look good.
4 Neck / Fingerboard
The long thin part of the Ukulele. In this part you place your fingers to make the chords. The length of the mast depends on the size of the ukulele, the soprano has a shorter mast than the concert, but there are ukuleles that change the size of the mast to make a Ukulele called Super Soprano or Long Neck in which, although the body of the Ukulele is Soprano size, the mast is one concert size.
Raised metal strips that separate the mast into parts. On the uke the frets are positioned so that each one marks a semitone.
The strings of a Ukulele they can be of different materialsThe most common are Nylon strings, but there are also a material called Nylgut, which is a patented material by the Aquila brand that simulates the gut.
The strings are traditionally tuned as follows: G (Sun) C (Do) E (Mi) A (La) and they are numbered from 1 to 4 being La the first string and Sun the fourth.
The thickness of the strings is different. according to the note in which it is refined, the thickest rope is that of Do and the thinnest is the rope of La. This happens because at the same tension, a string sounds more serious the greater the mass / length ratio.
This is the sound box. The sound quality, resonance and beauty of the sound is found in the quality, material and construction of the sound box.
The material of which the body of the ukulele is made affects its sound directly as well as the size, so a concert size ukulele has a slightly deeper sound compared to a soprano and a tenor a deeper sound than a concert.
The shape of the ukulele can also affect its sound, a pineapple-shaped ukulele naturally has a slightly deeper sound than a traditional-shaped one.
It is usually found high in the body, it is a hole with an approximate diameter of an inch and a half. Its function is to let out the sound of the soundboard or body.
It is located near the base of the body.
There are 3 types of bridges. The tie bridge they are the most common, the ropes are passed under the bridge and tied to it, in the pin bridge the rope is fixed in a hole in the bridge by pieces called bridge pins and that slotted bridge which have a small groove where we pass the rope and make a knot at the end, being fixed.