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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by warwickben, Mar 1, 2003.
hello iam makeing a fretless neckthrough and iam not sure how think the finger board can be.
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.
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.
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)
crap. my plainer broke. damn purple wood