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フレット
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Frets are marks on the fretboard (originally with a strap, nowadays with small metallic rods, sometimes only painted) indicating (chromatic) half steps between the strings running over it.

Bass size ukuleles usually have no frets because the strings are so thick and their action so low that fret buzz is unavoidable.

Typical Distance of Frets from Nut

(millimeters)
fretsopranoconcerttenorbaritone
1 193 210 242 285
2 374 409 471 554
3 546 596 687 808
4 707 773 891 1048
5 860 940 1083 1274
6 1004 1097 1265 1488
7 1140 1246 1436 1690
8 1269 1386 1598 1880
9 1390 1519 1751 2059
10 1505 1644 1895 2229
11 1613 1762 2031 2389
12 1715 1873 2159 2540
13 1811 1978 2280 2683
14 1902 2078 2395 2817
15 1987 2171 2503 2944
16 2068 2260 2604 3064
17 2145 2343 2701 3177
18 2217 2422 2791 3284
19 2285 2496 2877 3385
20 2349 2566 2958 3480
21 2410 2633 3034 3570
22 2467 2695 3106 3654
scale length 3433 3751 4323 5086

Sharp fret ends

If the ends of the frets protrude from the fingerboard, playing gets more difficult. This can occur as a production error, but also if the fingerboard has warped by changes in humidity. For repair, it is recommended to use a cheap nail buffer with different sides. First, cover the body where the fingerboard merges into the body with a piece of tape. So it should be avoided to accidentally damage the body with the buffer. The coarsest surface of the buffer is now passed four to five times along the sides of the fingerboard to sand the waistband ends. If they are still sharp, repeat this process. Finally, the frets ends are smoothed and polished with the finer surfaces of the sanding block.