Glass fingerboards

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by VoodooChile, Nov 10, 2002.

  1. you guys know of any company out there offering a glass fingerboard on their fretless models? sounds interesting and i've seen a couple fretless guitars with glass boards but no basses. is there a reason for this?
  2. I bet a glass fretboard would result in a rather "transparent" sound.

  3. Bad Joke. I could see right through it. :D
  4. You might want to reflect a little on that. :)

    Glass might chip, and it is quite dense relative to wood (SG 2.51). For comparison, ebony is ~SG 0.9. You could end up with a neck-diving beast which slices your hands.
  5. Sharp


    Jan 27, 2002
    Artists Relations, KMI
    so many bad puns...

    you should see the crazy looks you get when you tell a guy he makes a better fingerboard than a window.

    if anyone has sound clips, post a link-
  6. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I think it would really shine in the spotlight, assumning he has a clean sweeping technique.
  7. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    I don't see that as being a good idea.. a chip in the glass= pain...... and talk about neck dive
  8. tempered glass isnt very fragile - and the right kind of chip in an ebony board could give you painful splinters too

    HERE are some fretless "glass fingerboard" (guitar) song samples
  9. Carl Brusky

    Carl Brusky

    Sep 21, 2000
    Easy to clean the fingerboard. Just use Windex.

    I can see it now the discussions going on about what is best to clean the fingerboard, Windex or vinegar and water.
  10. did we get all the bad puns?

    probably not.

    ok, the reason you see glass on fretless guitars is due to the sustain issue. the strings can actully cut into the wood very quick (we're talking after playing for a few minutes) and sound dead after that, no matter what. with glass or aluminum you won't get that problem. basses simply don't need something that hard. thicker strings=no razor cuts in the wood, fewer dead spots. i've seen fretless basses with aluminum necks, in fact... i have no idea why they would go with glass on any instrument. metal is the best option. *throws hand in the air in the sign of devils horns*
  11. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I'd fear that the glass will crack when the wood of the neck shifts. Or one or two Billy Sheehan-like neck bends - SNAP!

    I'd much prefer stainless steel, e.g. on Reiner Dobbratz's fabulous Le Fay Remington Steele fretless basses.

    Vigier uses "Delta Metal" fingerboards on their fretless models.
  12. Skorzen


    Mar 15, 2002
    Springfield MA
    somethinf that I was wondering is why doesent anbody use horn as a fingerboard on a fretless? It's hard comes in large sizes ang can be easily worked.