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whats too thick for a finger board

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by warwickben, Mar 1, 2003.

  1. hello iam makeing a fretless neckthrough and iam not sure how think the finger board can be.
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    It can be as thick as you want it, but keep in mind that the neck has to have a minimum thickness for the truss rod to work safely. The thicker your fingerboard, the thicker your neck.

    I used to do 5/16" fingerboards, and those necks came out pretty chunky. I use 1/4 slab boards now.
  3. Zon Bass

    Zon Bass

    Jan 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    1/4 is usually the standard, but going over a sixteenth or two wouldn't really make that much of a difference. Just use whatever is comfortable, and make sure that your neck has enough meat to it to be strong enough.
  4. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Depending on the number of string of the bass, I usually use 5 to 7mm thick fingerboards. I consider 7mm to be a maximum value in regard to the neck thickness (considering I use Stewmac hot rods now)

  5. crap. my plainer broke. damn purple wood

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