Parts of the Flamenco Ukulele

Note: the ukulele is tuned to standard tuning i.e GCEA, however, the G string is a low G string.
This tuning will give a much fuller sound because you can take advantage of the bass notes.

Head: This is the top part of the ukulele - the tuning heads are attached to it.

Neck: The neck is a sturdy piece of wood that supports the fretboard and connects the headstock with the body.

Body: The body consists of a back, top and sides. Depending on the quality of the Ukulele the body can be either laminated or solid. A slight curve on the back of the body will give a more powerful sound.

Tuner: These can be referred to as tuning keys or machine heads or tuning pegs and are the parts that give the strings the tension needed to tune the Ukulele.

Nut: Together with the saddle the nut keeps the ukulele strings in the correct positions.

Frets: The frets are the metal strips across the fretboard.

Fret markers: They are usually positioned at the third (not all ukuleles have this fret marked), fifth, seventh, tenth and twelfth fret.


Fretboard: The fretboard holds the frets in place and the first fret is the one nearest the Head.

Sound Hole: The sound hole is an opening in the top of the body and it allows the sound to come out of the body.

Tapping plate: This is a protective covering you can apply to the body to protect it from scratching and damage due to tapping during playing Flamenco.  In Flamenco it is known as a golpeador.

Bridge: The bridge holds the Saddle in place.

Saddle: The saddle keeps the strings above the fretboard and can be heightened or lowered to give a faster or slower action and it can be also be adjusted to avoid buzzing on the strings