Do you call it a fingerboard or a fretboard?

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

  1. Fingerboard

    111 vote(s)
  2. Fretboard

    253 vote(s)
  3. Slappity Plank

    38 vote(s)
  4. Throat Warbler Mangrove

    56 vote(s)
  1. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    I've always called it a fingerboard.

  2. droppedurpocket


    Nov 11, 2011
    Plano, TX
    A fretboard has frets. Fingerboard does not.
  3. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Either. We all know what these terms refer to, there's no distinction.
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Fretboard - When you are hanging out with your friends.
    Fingerboard- When you are trying to impress your first date.
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  6. So does a finger board have fingers on it?
  7. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
  8. Fretboard = fretted basses
    Fingerboard = fretless basses

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

    James L

    Jul 24, 2011
    We all know what it is. It doesn't matter really, but technically it's a fingerboard fretted or fretless.
  10. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Sure there is. My fretted basses have fretboards and my fretless basses have fingerboards.
  11. slappa_dat_bass


    Nov 10, 2012
    Ill keep a fingerizing my slappity plank if yer don't mind
  12. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    +1 Fretboard speaks for itself. It's a more specific word, indicating that the fingerboard has frets on it.
  13. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Which is exactly why it shouldn't be used when discussing a fretless bass.
  14. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    I never talk about it, therefore, I don't call it anything.
  15. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Exactly. A fretboard is a fingerboard with frets on it.
  16. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Social Media Manager & Product Development for GHS Strings
  17. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Mine does when I'm playing it ;)
  18. TomCHunley


    Jun 12, 2011
    Bowling Green, KY
    I practice a lot but still suck.
    What he said.
  19. steveinohio

    steveinohio Supporting Member

    May 27, 2007
  20. ma4rk


    Jun 28, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    I say fingerboard to confuse guitarists.