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Alternative ways of "lining" a fretless fingerboard?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by richnota, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. richnota

    richnota Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    I'm discussing approaches with luthier Rob Allen (he's putting lines on an existing bass' unlined neck for me).

    There are some inlays a previous owner put on the side of the neck (mother of pearl markers) that may interfere with the standard approach.

    Beyond the obvious method of cutting slots/insert line material/sanding, are there alternative ways to put lines in?

    shallow slots? dye?

    the board is ebony.
  2. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    If you don't necesarily need full lines, you could have him drill for dots under a string, you would have the marked board, but still be unlined looking from the front.

    Like this.
  3. mynameisandyb


    Jul 20, 2008
    One way I've seen someone do it which I quite like, is only doing the lines for about half an inch across the fretboard (on the E side) an even running over the neck a bit.

    Also, I've seen only having fret lines on the dotted frets.

    You can have a vine of life as well.

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