Upright Bass Fingerboard radius

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by savoy, Apr 2, 2004.

  1. savoy


    Apr 2, 2004
    Good Day,

    I am interested in finding 'design specifications' for Upright basses.

    Also, specifics about fingerboards. Typical lengths, nut & bridge widths, and commonly used radius.

    Such information available?

    Thank you, Thomas
  2. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    Brewster, NY, USA
    I'll take a stab at this: Typical length is about 34" or 864mm. Nut is 39-44mm, bridge spacing 25-28mm. Spacing at the nut 10-11mm. The radius is compound, and varies widely. Most good luthiers have a set of "optimum" templates they use for the fingerboard ends. In general, a jazz player can use a flatter fingerboard than a classical player (I'm talking about the lateral arch, not the camber).