Is this not the origanal fretboard? (pics).

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by yoshi, Sep 28, 2003.

  1. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    Hi, I recently got a new bass, a 5 string fretless Ibanez roadstar.

    I've been unable to find very little info on line about the model, less about a 5 string version and none about a 5 string fretless.

    I'm wondering if in fact there is a 5 string fretless (factory) or whether or not this is a modded bass. The neck does look a bit tatty in parts and the fretboard looks nothing like what I'd expect a 17 year old lump of rosewood to look like.
  2. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    pic 2
  3. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Don't know about the fretboard but the headstock looks like it had issues. Why is the string wound backwards? :confused:
  4. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    Yeah, I actually mentioned something about the headstock being re-painted in areas for some bizzar reason taht I've yet to figure out.

    PS - the strings the result of restringing it in the early hours of yesterday morning, I did the otehr 4 and was too tired to go and redo the 5th :spit:
  5. hahaha......excuses excuses :spit:
  6. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    Hahaa, your right actually,I just noticed I'd also put the G on backwards too:oops:
  7. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    Maybe the fingerboard has been replaced.

    On a fretless, the fingerboard is subject to wear, especially when using roundwound strings. On a fretted bass, you just have to replace the frets at some point. But when a fretless board has been leveled many times, at some point you have to replace it.

    Also, rosewood is not the best choice for a fretless fingerboard. A harder wood like ebony is better.
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