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Where to find Graphite for the neck?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Racsen, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. Racsen


    Dec 6, 2003
    I have an old czech bass, Neck was 4/4 lenght but we cut the neck for 3/4 and changed the fingerboard.

    We aren't glued fingerboard yet and I thought we can put graphite bars in the neck but I couldn't find an online store that sells them.I found some carbon fiber bars from stewmac.com.Is there any difference?
  2. CPike


    May 28, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    Is there some inherent weakness in the neck wood that would lead you to believe it needs reinforcement? If the fingerboard is good ebony, and the neck is fine then why reinforce it? I would think that adding stiffer material to the neck might adversely affect the tone, as well. DB's aren't like EB's or guitars - they don't need truss rods...

  3. Matthew Tucker

    Matthew Tucker Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Owner: Bresque Basses, Sydney Basses and Cellos
    opposite is true IME
  4. Bofee


    Aug 19, 2005
    Grass Valley, CA
  5. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    I get my carbon fibre reinforcement (1/4" x 1/2" x 18") from Luthier's Mercantile. http://www.lmii.com/

    A stiffer neck seems to promote highs and clarify the articulation of all the notes.

    I've installed C/F stiffeners in mandolins, guitars and basses and in all cases they've improved the tone of the instrument. The material adds no mass while greatly increasing the stiffness.

    Go for it! :)

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