Got a new Paris Swing Samois last month. Replaced those miserable tuners with nickel Grovers, replaced those terribly thin frets (the first ten.....I only occasional visit any higher on the fretboard) with jumbo frets, made a new nut, fit a new bridge I modified a bit and put on my beloved Thomastick strings. I then found the "sweet pickin' spot" was right over that danged ole fretboard extension. I was getting so much pick click it sounded like a rat eating dry pasta. Today I cut it off (after a week of planning) and I can now pick where God intended. Now would I have gone to all this trouble for an instrument that sounded mediocre. Heck no....my momma didn't raise any fools. It has deep rich tone and sustain beyond anything else I've played or heard anybody else play. This will be a keeper.