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Unread 02-21-2009, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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fretboard replacement

my fret board is worn and i want to replace it with an ebony board .

i can get nice planks, is it a big deal to have to make the cuts for the frets?

or should i source a board that's allready got fret cuts?
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Unread 02-21-2009, 09:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: fretboard replacement

here is a link to pre slotted and pre radius fingerboards. i got an ebony one for my build, it looks really nice. i would go with one of these unless you plan on making more fingerboards later. just the fret slot cutting saw, from the same site below, is about the same price as the boards in the link.

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Unread 02-21-2009, 09:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: fretboard replacement

There are downloadable fret position patterns you can get for any scale. Likely you need 24 9/16th" or 24 5/8th" overall scale. Nowadays, most fret material has around.025-7 tang. Then you need a saw that leaves a kerf of about .023 and if you don't build a dedicated miter box the eye of a hawk and the steady hand of a relaxed heart surgeon- depth of slots is 130% of actual tang depth.If you try to stuff tangs into a tight slot, you get a bad backbow and you may need some glue. Glue is not a sin-so long as it is used in combination with a reasonable tang to slot width ratio. You can buy good ebony fretboards pre-slotted for around $40. This may sound harsh, but you need to get a grip on that huge body separation before investing in other upgrades. Ebony is easier to inlay because it cuts cleaner than rosewood and fills less visibly.mt
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Re: fretboard replacement

no doubt , i guess you read my other post.

ive been working on that hitting it up with the iron .


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Re: fretboard replacement

but about the fret board , you said you liked yours from stew mac? the ones in the pics look kinda blah.
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Re: fretboard replacement

yea i like mine, what do you find "blah" about it? the pictures do look a little generic but its ebony, not like there is any fancy grain/figuring. as far as i know its common to hit the ebony with some black dye to get rid of the lighter grain yielding a more uniform look.
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yea i like mine, what do you find "blah" about it? the pictures do look a little generic but its ebony, not like there is any fancy grain/figuring. as far as i know its common to hit the ebony with some black dye to get rid of the lighter grain yielding a more uniform look.


true yea i love the real look of ebony . with the light brown grains so sweet looking.

where can i get something like that pre slotted?
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where can i get something like that pre slotted?
stew mac does not alter the wood (add dye or anything) you get it natural. they have pretty good customer service, you could probably call them up when you make your order and ask if they could pick a fingerboard that has a little more light grain in it, if thats what you want. im sure they would be cool with that.
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nice im going to do that then i will call them. or better yet just email them.
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sounds like a good plan, good luck with your project!

post some pics of the process if you can!
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Re: fretboard replacement

Stewart MacDonald is one source. Check LMI also:

Same Day Serviced Fingerboards - Information and Pricing at LMI



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Re: fretboard replacement

i will probably just see if this one can be salvaged . lets hope
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