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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by durarl, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. durarl


    Oct 29, 2007
    Between my dad’s work shop and my friend’s garage, I have spent the better part of a year working on a bass, and I only have the clear coat, and the fingerboard left to do. So far, it has gone together like a dream, and I don't want to mess it up.

    I made a fretless 4 string with a rosewood fingerboard. I plan on using flatwounds. Do I need to finish the fingerboard with anything? I see a lot of people praising Epoxy, but is that necessary with flatwounds? Is there a simple finish that I can use to keep the board clean, and still have it be sturdy enough for flatwounds?

    Thank you guys for all of your help so far.
  2. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    All lies unless you provide photo's of your work. Also helps people to best give suggestions.
  3. vbasscustom


    Sep 8, 2008
    i would go with epoxy anyway. rosewood is very soft as is easily marred by strings so epoxy is your nest bet, even with the flats
  4. eleonn


    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    ...as they say ...no pic, no bass!
  5. Epoxy is hard, it also make the tone very bright. If that is what you want, epoxy is a great finish. One advantage to an unfinished rosewood, if you use flats, it will probably be several years before you see string damage on the wood. At that point, you can flat sand the fretboard and be back to normal.
  6. durarl


    Oct 29, 2007
    Sorry guys, I don't own a digital camera, so there will not be pics for a while. I am not looking for a bright sound, so I don't really want to go with Epoxy if I can avoide it. Is there anything I can use to seal the wood while still keeping a warm sound?
  7. elpezpr


    Feb 7, 2008
    No pics...No Bass!
  8. vbasscustom


    Sep 8, 2008
    use your laZer viZion (TM) to take a picture, and then use your USB cord, that should be attached just above the left nipple to transfer the pictures onto your computer.
  9. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    Above the left nipple?

    Mine must be a different model because its 1 1/4" above and 5/16" to the right of my navel.

    I can't seem to find the serial number, is it older or newer?
  10. vbasscustom


    Sep 8, 2008
    older. they didnt start putting them on the nipple until about 2001.

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