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Jazz neck with fretless diamondwood fingerboard?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Erik Turkman, Apr 11, 2014.


  1. Erik Turkman

    Erik Turkman Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2004
    Washington, DC area
    Does anyone know where I could get a four-string lined fretless neck with diamondwood fingerboard for a jazz bass? I've been looking around but can't turn up anything. Many thanks.
     
  2. Erik Turkman

    Erik Turkman Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2004
    Washington, DC area
    And if not just a neck, do you know of anyone making a fretless jazz style bass with lined diamond wood fingerboard?
     
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  4. Erik Turkman

    Erik Turkman Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2004
    Washington, DC area
    Any ideas? Is Diamondwood perhaps called something else in the industry?
     
  5. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

    I'd go for a Moses.
     
  6. MightyMiloQuinn

    MightyMiloQuinn Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2012
    Concord, NH
    I recall Roscoe used to make diamond wood fretboards. You might want check with them.

    Then again, probably not jazz style.
     
  7. Erik Turkman

    Erik Turkman Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2004
    Washington, DC area
    I have an inquiry in at Roscoe--waiting to hear back. What about ebonol? How does it compare to diamond wood?
     
  8. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

    Define diamond wood, please. :cool:
     
  9. It is strips of hard wood and resin to make something that is really strong. I always see it used on high end and especially custom fretless basses, because it's apparently good at that. Supposedly a little better than Ebony. I have absolutely no experience with it, or fretless in general. It's just something I've read about here and there.
     
  10. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

    Diamond wood sounds like some company's trade name for a product. Is it the same as phenowood (phenolic), or a resin impregnated wood of some sort? I assume there is wood involved vs. a carbon fiber fingerboard, right? I have owned both kinds of fingerboards in the past but favor real wood these days (ziricote, in particular).
     
  11. ubnomnar

    ubnomnar Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    So Cal
  12. MightyMiloQuinn

    MightyMiloQuinn Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2012
    Concord, NH
  13. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    Roscoe makes their fretless necks with the Diamondwood option. I don't know where they buy it from. You'd need to find a source for it and then get someone to make you a neck. You might be better off getting a Status fretless neck.
     
  14. Erik Turkman

    Erik Turkman Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2004
    Washington, DC area
    Yeah, that's the stuff. I was hoping to find an aftermarket jazz neck with a diamondwood fingerboard without having to have a custom one made up, but perhaps I'm asking for too much. It makes a terrific fretless fingerboard.
     
  15. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    You could get a fender neck, bring it to a luthier and have the fb replaced. It won't be cheap.
     
  16. Erik Turkman

    Erik Turkman Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2004
    Washington, DC area
    Apparently it also goes by the name of Pakkawood. The material appears to be available in blanks of various sizes and thicknesses, for use in things like pens and cutlery handles, but I haven't found a supplier that seems to regularly deal with musical instrument uses. I'm not sure what size or thickness to order for a fingerboard, and I'm not sure about the ease of working with it for a luthier unfamiliar with the material.
     
  17. JimmyThunder

    JimmyThunder Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    New Hampshire
    maybe try the luthier forum
     



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