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Fretting Ebonol

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by zeronyne, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. zeronyne

    zeronyne Recovering Keyboard Player

    Nov 24, 2003
    Does anyone know the practicality of having a repair person and/or luthier install frets in a fretless fingerboard made of ebonol (synthetic something or other)? Is this even feasible?
  2. why not? if you want it fretted, it would be just like fretting a new bass. or you could just give up and give the bass to me.
  3. DavidRavenMoon

    DavidRavenMoon Inactive

    Oct 20, 2004
    Ebonol fretless.


    Ebonol fretted.


    So yes, you can put frets in phenolic fingerboards. I used ebonol in my first 4 basses. Ebonol is also known as black paper phenolic, or Garolite. It's layers of thin black paper and phenolic resin, laminated under pressure and heat.

    You just need to find someone that can work with the stuff (it's harder to work with than wood), and is able to cut fret slots in unslotted boards.

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