Double function bass necks.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by BehindTheMoon, Sep 9, 2002.

  1. I have a habit of thinking up wierd instrument ideas in my spare time.

    One of these is to place fretted and fretless strings on the same fingerboard. Or have a portion of a single string marked with frets, and the rest fretless.

    Are there any technical difficulties with placing a fret accurately over only a certain part of the fingerboard, considering everthing should be nice and pretty? Any other issues? Would having fretlines over the unfretted strings simplify the luthier's job, seeing as they could then cut the entire slot?

    Most importantly for my ego, has anyone done this already?
  2. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Hi B.

    Sorry for your ego! Yes it has been done before...
    Here in france, I'm aware of many luthiers that have done fretted/fretless fingerboard. The most "common way" to do it is to fret the first octave (12 frets) and leave the remaining fingerboard fretless. This suppose that you raise the fretless part of the fingerboard for it to be at the same height of the frets top (this is done by adding a wood over the board).

  3. I thought so.

    How about leaving entire strings fretless while having others fretted?
  4. Listen


    May 19, 2002
    How about pictures?
  5. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Armen bass:

    Matt Pulcinella Guitars bass:

    "Latar" guitar:

    Leduc guitar:

    Novax bass/guitar:

    I think I've seen others, too.