Where Do I find a new Fingerboard?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Eric Winter, Oct 8, 2000.

  1. Eric Winter

    Eric Winter Guest

    Oct 8, 2000
    I have a Jazz bass neck that needs a new fingerboard. I know Stewart Mac has fingerboards, but their only pre-radius boards are slotted for frets. I would like a fretless board, either Ebony, Pau Farro, or Rosewood. If I have to, I guess I will radius the board myself. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Have you tried Warmoth? I know they sell fingerboards, but I haven't checked to see if they have fretless. I would be surprised if they didn't. http://www.warmoth.com

  3. Unless the old neck is near and dear to you or you want to make a project of it, I'd say get a new neck. I think you can even get one from Fender...
  4. Have you tried to level the fingerboard using epoxy a la "Jaco". If this dosn't work consider getting a Warmouth or Modulus with thicker finger boards.
  5. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    If string wear is a problem for you, I'd suggest a Moses Graphite board or neck. Although graphite is something of an acquired taste, it's extremely durable.
  6. Eric Winter

    Eric Winter Guest

    Oct 8, 2000
    Actually the neck is off of a cheap jazz bass copy that I do not want to spend a lot of money on. The truss rod was stripped and the person before me tried removing the fingerboard and damaged it. I was able to successfully remove the board and replace the truss rod with a new piece of steel that I threaded the ends with. If I can get it to play half way decently, I will consider replacing the pickups. We will see. Thanks for all of the suggestions.

  7. Then try http://www.exoticwoods.com you can get a fingerboard blank there. Fender basses have a conical fingerboard that is very thin the same thickness all the way through this would be hard to replace. But many copys have a slab fingerboard and would be less difficult to replace.
    Be sure to use animal hide glue so that it can be replaced in the future. Also try http://www.stewmac.com
  8. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.