"Rolling" the edges of a finished neck - help or links

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by TheSuzie, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. The more I read here the more I think about doing a bass from scratch if I ever have the space to work. So much beautiful work and so much experience here.

    Mods, I hope this is appropriate for this forum.

    cut to the chase, Suzie...OK When I install a replacement neck (or buy a new instrument), I sometimes find that the edge of the neck feels too sharp, intrusive or even painful after playing for a while. I'm not talking about fret edges but the edge of the fingerboard itself. I know that over the years I have read about "rolling" the edge of a neck but I dont know how this is done, especially on a finished fretted neck. If anyone can explain how to do this or give me a good link about this, I would appreciate it.

  2. nateo

    nateo Schubie Fan #1

    Mar 2, 2003
    Ottawa, Ontario
    I've never encountered that problem, but some careful work with a fret beveling file (something akin to this) would give you a nice angle that would likely be easier on your fingers. My only concern would be filing off a bit of finish along the edge (if it's a finished fingerboard) but you could touch that up without too much trouble.

    Something else to try would be to use a hard metal shaft (like the shaft of a large screwdriver) and run it along the edges to round out the corner a bit. I'm sure somebody probably has a "correct" technique for this job, but I'm all about improvisation.

  3. There was just a thread about this somewhere here. I tried it on my SX jazz. Basically, it involved CAREFULLY scraping the edge with a blade to shave a bit off and then finish sanding (low to high grit, followed by steel wool, 0000 or finer). I wasn't too careful (hey, it's a cheap bass) and slipped when distracted, nicking the neck a bit. If you're careful, it can have amazing results.