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Fret board thickness

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by River Gambler, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. River Gambler

    River Gambler

    Feb 10, 2005
    On one of my basses I used a 1/4" thick wenga fret board. The head stock is 3/4" thick with a graphite epoxy rod in stead of a truss rod. The neck is maple. This was a bass I built in need of something to do with the parts I had. I had little money at the time. It turned out to be best sounding bass I have built. I gave it to a friend of mine right after I built about 10 years ago and it sat in a gig bag until 4 months ago. The thing is excelent shape, the neck shows no sign of warpping, it still plays like a dream and sounds fantastic! Did I hit on something with the neck or is it a fluke? That is the question to do again or not do again.Tom
  2. andvari7


    Aug 28, 2004
    Odd question, Tom, but I think 1/4" is a good thickness. I'm going with that myself. By the way, you might want to use a truss rod instead of the graphite.
  3. 1/4" is what I'm use. I'd like to try something thinner sometime though.
  4. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I thought 1/4" was standard. That is what I have always used.t
  5. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    My first bass has a 3/8" fingerboard, but it was made in China (or Korea maybe), so perhaps that's why. Anything to save a few cents... :rolleyes: