Graphite electric basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Marc PG, Aug 9, 2021.

  1. Marc PG

    Marc PG

    Jul 25, 2021
    The graphite is only the neck or also the fretboard? I mean, graphite basses have a fretboard made of wood?
  2. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Some have wooden fretboards but it's much more common to find phenolic fretboards on graphite necks.
  3. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    Status Stealth! All graphite! All day! Every day!
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  4. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    My first ZON had a (I am pretty certain) CF fingerboard, the other two had "phenowood".
  5. Apart from it being a guitar, the Bond Electroglide took a different approach.

    Body/neck were carbon fibre, fretboard was aluminum.

    Bond Electraglide - Wikipedia
  6. Keith Guitars

    Keith Guitars Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 25, 2004
    Woodstock, NY
    Builder: Martin Keith Guitars
    I know that Modulus, Status and Moses all use the word "graphite".
    However, it's really more accurate to use the term "carbon fiber" when discussing structural components such as necks, fretboards etc.
    "Graphite" is a much broader term which includes many variations of high-carbon compounds, including the "lead" in pencils,
    which is extremely weak and brittle.

    As indicated above - most carbon fiber necks have fretboards made from other materials such as phenolic, resin-impregnated wood, or even traditional hardwoods. Carbon fiber is not ideal for a fretboard for a few reasons
    -its resistance to abrasion from metal strings is not necessarily as good as phenolic or hardwood
    -it cannot easily be surfaced/resurfaced after wear from long-term use
    -it requires a finish in order to have an acceptable surface
    -it requires much more complicated manufacturing than traditional fretboard materials

    Most manufacturers use different materials for these reasons.
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  7. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Great information - thanks. I just visited your site. Beautiful instruments. :thumbsup: