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Do you call it a fingerboard or a fretboard?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by zortation, Dec 30, 2012.

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Fingerboard or fretboard?

  1. Fingerboard

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    24.3%
  2. Fretboard

    252 vote(s)
    55.1%
  3. Slappity Plank

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    8.3%
  4. Throat Warbler Mangrove

    56 vote(s)
    12.3%
  1. zortation

    zortation Distant relative of Arthur 'Two Sheds' Jackson Supporting Member

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    I've always called it a fingerboard.

    :confused:
  2. droppedurpocket

    droppedurpocket

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    A fretboard has frets. Fingerboard does not.
  3. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    Either. We all know what these terms refer to, there's no distinction.
  4. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

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    Fretboard - When you are hanging out with your friends.
    Fingerboard- When you are trying to impress your first date.
  5. powmetalbassist

    powmetalbassist Supporting Member

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    So does a finger board have fingers on it?
  6. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    +1
  7. Solarmist

    Solarmist Supporting Member

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    Fretboard = fretted basses
    Fingerboard = fretless basses

    That's what I,ve always thought.
  8. James L

    James L

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    We all know what it is. It doesn't matter really, but technically it's a fingerboard fretted or fretless.
  9. FretlessMainly

    FretlessMainly

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    Sure there is. My fretted basses have fretboards and my fretless basses have fingerboards.
  10. slappa_dat_bass

    slappa_dat_bass

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    Ill keep a fingerizing my slappity plank if yer don't mind
  11. onosson

    onosson

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  12. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he looks Supporting Member

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    +1 Fretboard speaks for itself. It's a more specific word, indicating that the fingerboard has frets on it.
  13. FretlessMainly

    FretlessMainly

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    Which is exactly why it shouldn't be used when discussing a fretless bass.
  14. mellowinman

    mellowinman

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    I never talk about it, therefore, I don't call it anything.
  15. malthumb

    malthumb Supporting Member

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    Exactly. A fretboard is a fingerboard with frets on it.
  16. One Bad Monkey

    One Bad Monkey Supporting Member

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    +1.
  17. malthumb

    malthumb Supporting Member

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    Mine does when I'm playing it ;)
  18. TomCHunley

    TomCHunley

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    What he said.
  19. steveinohio

    steveinohio Supporting Member

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  20. ma4rk

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    I say fingerboard to confuse guitarists.

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