What Kind of Glue for Fingerboard?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by mefloyd, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. mefloyd


    Jul 31, 2007
    Saint John, NB
    Howdy All,

    The fingerboard on my upright bass is detaching and I was thinking of taking it to a luthier to have it re-glued. The thought also crossed my mind that surely I could do it myself. I was wondering though, if there is some special type of glue that should be used or if regular old carpenter's glue is the order of the day.

    Does anybody have any thoughts or tips before I make a big mistake?

    Michael Floyd
  2. kurt ratering

    kurt ratering

    Dec 2, 2008
    waltham, mass.
    bass luthier, johnson string inst.
    hide glue
  3. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Columbia SC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    What good if no can find glue?
  4. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    You're talkin' crazy glue.
  5. 1st Bass

    1st Bass

    May 26, 2005
    Forest Grove, OR
    If you want to DIY; Please...only use hide glue. This is not a religious mantra, but a practical point-- fingerboards occasionally need to be removed, replaced, whatever. Hide glue makes it possible.

    Incidentally, Franklin's liquid hide gluie is not the same stuff. Get the dry crystals, or flakes, or whatever, and reconstitute them in hot water.

    Your luthier will thank you