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Solo Fingerboard

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by forrestjams, May 3, 2010.

  1. forrestjams


    May 21, 2009
  2. eerbrev


    Dec 6, 2009
    Ottawa, ON, CAN
    A solo fingerboard is a longer fingerboard that is used by those who love to play especially high notes that either don't appear in the harmonic series on that string, or want to finger a note like a harmonic D on the G string (the one after the two octave mark). They usually slope towards the treble side because, honestly, it's a rare person who's going to want to play a High B on the low E string.

    It comes in handy for a lot of bass solo rep in classical. I can't personally speak for Jazz, but I'm sure there's the odd person who solos up in the stratosphere.


  3. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    I have one that came along for the ride. Confession: I don't solo up there but I think it looks cool. :)

  4. kmanley_29649


    Jan 25, 2008
    Taylors SC
    Yep, that's exactly why I want one! I rarely go above the high "B" on the "G" string, but they jsut look so slick.:hyper:
  5. moopants


    Oct 21, 2006
    Lake Charles, LA
    Why is it that every time I tell myself I'm comfortable with my bass and I don't want a new one, I see pictures like these?
  6. strangely enough, my bass does not have this yet the highest stopped note is a high e flat (pretty long board!). It almost seems like the advantage of this shape at the end of the fingerboard is to give you the high notes without sacrificing clearance on your e string for when you're really slamming. my experience tells me that a longer board means you'll bottom out sooner unless you raise your action.
  7. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    You know, it's funny how we all go crazy here with visual bass porn, when what we're all about is the sound. :) Too bad we can't hear standardized, high-quality sound-clips of the same passage played by the same player in the same room on all these basses. Until then, I'll keep looking at 'em. ;)
  8. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    Nah... the advantage is that it looks neat. :D

    As for "bottoming out," I never had an issue at all even after I drastically lowered the string heights right after my injury. I attribute that to a pristine setup. In any case, the heights are back up in my "comfort range" now.
  9. right. what i'm saying is that you will not bottom out as easily because your fingerboard is shorter on the E string side.
  10. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    I thought that was what you meant but thought you also might be warning about the G bottoming out.
  11. kmanley_29649


    Jan 25, 2008
    Taylors SC
    For a really cool look, match one with a graduated tailpiece!
  12. Bass


    Nov 10, 2003
    My bass has a solo fingerboard too. Funny thing is I rarely play above 1st position.

  13. I have an extended fingerboard but unfortunately without the cool shape to it
    I don't solo up there but I do run my scales the full length when I practice
    I think it's helped solidify the thumb stuff lower down

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