Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Frei-bag bass, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. Frei-bag bass

    Frei-bag bass

    Jul 16, 2005
    heres the deal friends...
    chinese plywood upright (yeh)
    the fingerbang (painted/ebonized maple) has warped beyond the joint of the neck butt.
    i have two ideas for the remedy
    the guy that wants me to do it for him asked me to plane it down flat
    (his main concern is the buzz;who am i kidding, the string is pressed right against the board playing an F)
    i personnally think removal of wood is the last thing id want to do.
    my best idea would be to bend it down w/clamps flat and add a securing peice in the back of some hard curly our something.
    i think thats my best bet never having done this
    but i was also worried about hiding it ,i plan to do this with the bass all
    intact, only removing the strings

    if anyone has any tips id like to get some repair examples to help me know what to expect
    thank you
  2. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I'm trying to translate here...

    You've got a bass with an ebonized board that is warped, and when you play an F (on the G string?) the string is flat on the board and it buzzes.

    It sounds like the board has no "camber" or "scoop". The length of the fingerboard is not flat, but rather lightly scooped. If you lay a long straightedge (3 or 4 feet) over the length of the fingerboard, you should see daylight up and down the board, under the straightedge.

    You don't have any experience with this... what experience with bass setup do you have?
  3. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Yes, please glue a hard curly on the fingerbang.
  4. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Actually Nick, I think he is describing too much camber with a low bridge height. The strings are on the end of the board. Thats why he wants to BEND IT DOWN! and secure it with a hard curly! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: I'm sorry, but this is just too funny.
  5. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    I think its Way beyond Camber at this point. Sounds like the end of the Fingerboard is growing upwards towards the Sun for more nourishment. Donate it to a Skateboard park. It will make a nice Ramp for Rollerbladers. Rip off the Board because it will continue to pull what ever you glue to it. You can also damage the Bass while working on it as well. There are things about the Bass you don't know about and won't know until something breaks. Then Daylight will shine on your project! Get a real Fingerboard in Morado/Pauferro that will be an upgrade and more stable over time. This will be the same or less labor overall.

    Also, Curly maple is one of the worst woods for Stability as far as Necks and Fingerboards go.

    BTW, if you have to ask, then take it to a Luthier to get it done correctly. You can easily break more than you fix.. That's my advice.. Seriously.. This is not a do-it yourself instrument.
  6. jmain

    jmain Oo, Uhn't uh, Yes! Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    I needed that! :p