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Question on fingerboard flatness

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Gambaholic, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. Gambaholic


    Feb 21, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have a Kay bass that I'm test driving.
    The bass had a new ebony fingerboard installed about a year ago by a good local bass luthier (Andrew at the String Shop of AZ).
    This is my first double bass so I'm curious about something I noticed.

    If I lay a straight edge on the fingerboard should it be dead flat or it is normal to see some "relief" built into the board?
    On my slab fretless basses I like the board dead flat, I'm talking FLAT.
    On this Kay if I touch the string to the board at the nut and at the fingerboard end, there is a good 1/8 inch gap at about the middle of the neck.
    Is this normal?

  2. 1st Bass

    1st Bass

    May 26, 2005
    Forest Grove, OR
    Yup...planned that way, and painstakingly planed, rasped, scraped and sanded just so.

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