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Now that Acacia's defunct, any rec's for new fingerboard work?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Wilbyman, Oct 12, 2003.

  1. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    I have an Acacia Custom fretless 4 (neck thru) that needs fingerboard planing, but I'm actually thinking I'd rather have a fretted fingerboard put on instead. I'm from the upright world where new fingerboards aren't a drastic thing, but I'm not sure who to go to now that Matt is no longer making or repairing Acacia's.
    Any recommendations as to who could re-fingerboard the bass (fretted) well and not be tremendously expensive? (I believe Matt quoted me a price of $250 a year or two ago when I inquired)...


    Thanks in advance!
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Why don't you keep your board and have it fretted ?
  3. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    I was under the impression that because the bass is neck-thru, it would be difficult to get the fingerboard into the jig (?) to fret it...or so Matt indicated. But if someone thinks they can just plane the board a little and fret it, that's completely kosher with me. I did kind of have some interest in replacing the ebony board with a birdseye maple to match the quilted birdseye top/back of the bass.
    I heard a rumor some is now finishing all of the Acacia's Matt had laying around...any truth to this? Therein may lie the answer
  4. Mike Lull
  5. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    I also read that the remaining Acacia parts were bought by someone, in order to finish the instruments. I thought that the last name was Kennedy and that they would be "Kennedy/Acacias." But - searches here and at TBL turn up nothing, so maybe my memory's off.
  6. That's Justin Kennedy. His handle is modulusacacia. I don't know if he is doing work like you are asking for. Wouldn't hurt to ask.

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