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Fingerboard Inlays?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Stradosfella, Oct 13, 2004.

  1. Hey guys, I had this revelation that it would be kinda funky to have some fingerboard inlays on my new EUB. Now, this could be a very out there question and I would even like reply's that say are you on drugs, do you honestly think that there are double bass inlays out there? But yea I think that it would be kinda cool and would like to hear your oppinions.
  2. IMHO you shouldn't put markers on a bass with a bridge that can move because the markers can't.
  3. Where did he get them done, and Im assuming markers mean acctual inlays like guitar and electric bass inlays and not tape because tape is a sin, IMHO.
  4. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Plenty of pro players are inlaying markers these days partly due to Edgar legitimizing them.
  5. B. Graham

    B. Graham Guest

    Aug 11, 2002
    I've got some arthritis, a bad back disc, I'm getting back to upright after years off, and old glasses. It's hard to be consistent with muscle memory. I put on some temporary little markers on my bass. While I have no desire to rely on them long-term, I have been sounding better with them. Psychology, foolishness, whatever, they work for me.
  6. brandonwong


    Dec 16, 2003
    I think there's a thread somewhere saying that Edgar Meyer put them in juz to create some controversy among the classical players. And i think he dun really need to use them either. He's a great player.

    As for the rest of us, having inlays are helpful when doin very exposed arco in a recording small group setting.

    For me, i juz use correction liquid and change the position whenever i make big adjustments like bridge position or height(yes, it affects the dots too!) IMHO, its the best and cheapest inlay.

    Cheers ;)
  7. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    Brewster, NY, USA
    Anything installed in the face of the fingerboard needs to be relatively soft, so that the fingerboard can be re-worked in the future. That rules out mother-of-pearl, abalone, etc.
  8. B. Graham

    B. Graham Guest

    Aug 11, 2002
    If I was going to make this a permanent install on my bass, I would think that a blonde wood of some sort would be more appropriate.
  9. Anyone else remember toilet seats that had a flaky, pearly appearance? In my musical circles, those fretboard inlays came to be known as mother-of-toilet-seat.
  10. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Robert Hurst III had them on the bass he was playing with Diana Krall on CBC last night. :eyebrow:
  11. Aaron

    Was that the Joseph Bohmann? Compare to Paul Warburton's 5 in the "Talk Basses". If it is, I'm pretty sure it was that way when he bought it.

  12. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Sure did look like it, but nowhere near as awe-inspiring as Paul's bass. Unfortunately the sound was all pickup and sound like a EUB. I kind'a figured that he didn't have that done to the bass. I think inlays on a DB FB look kind of silly. I don't have a problem with them on the side of the board, but the face....... that just looks tacky to me.
  13. I recently installed these on the side of my BSX fingerboard . .


    Using a digital chromatic tuner to get the exact intonation points, after verifying my scale was at spec (41.5"), I used a hand drill with 3/32 bit to make a very shallow but clean hole. These little markers tap into place with a slightly snug fit.
    They look nice and work like a charm.
    As a guitarist/bassist trying to make the transistion to double bass . . it's like driving at night with the headlights on instead of "feelin" my way around in the dark ! :smug:
  14. Bruce Hammond

    Bruce Hammond

    Apr 15, 2007
    Bohmann had a penchant for rather crude fretboard inlays in the first position, as well as experimenting with new instrument designs and improvements. Both Joseph Bohmann's string instruments and his fretted instruments are all over the map with regard to their dimensions. Therefore, it would not surprise me if he put fingerboard markers on a string bass originally.

    His basses and cellos are spoken of very highly - unlike his violins, the crudest versions of which you have seen recently on eBay.

    Bohmann is mentioned in violin builders lists as making as many as fourteen grades of string instruments, though his initial fame came from his mandolins.

    Anybody have a different take on Bohmann basses? Can anyone send me some photos of them?

    All The Best,

  15. Fat.Mike


    Dec 15, 2006
    Tulsa, Ok
    Are you asking about doing an inlaid design or position markers? An inlaid design would be pretty darn sweet if you came up with something unique enough.
    Especially Bloodwood on ebony... Jackson has done some really cool fretboard inlays on some of their custom shop instruments with this wood combo.
  16. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    Erm, you haven't seen PULLWARBATON's Bohmann have you? Pure bass porn.


    Click on Paul Warburton. You can hear the bass on Paul's cd's and there's a couple samples of his playing on the TBDB samples site.


    I think that's the only Bohmann we've seen round these parts.
  17. CPike


    May 28, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    My memory is a bit fuzzy from this far back, but I saw Edgar Meyer do a master class around '93 and I recall he mentioned that the FB inlays are to help him play in tune during recording sessions, because wearing headphones in the studio was an impediment to hearing himself. He said he didn't use them at all in live performance.

  18. BenderR


    Jun 1, 2004
    Tucson, AZ
    I can see why you'd want something if you couldn't hear yourself but I wouldn't envy anyone trying to record in that situation. I know that with BG I'm far less accurate with a "lined fretless" than with an "unlined fretless".
  19. It's the ONLY one I want to see round these parts. :D
    Thanks, diddy...this is an old one ain't it?
  20. Paul,

    Every time I see a picture of your bass, I want to chop up my basses into toothpicks.

    Every time I hear your bass, I want to chop off my fingers.

    Thanks -- as always -- for the inspiration.