chennik Posted February 2, 2007 Report Share Posted February 2, 2007 I’m starting to plan out my first build, and one of the things I’ve considered doing to save myself from screwing it up is purchasing a pre-slotted fretboard. I’d like a 24 fret ebony board with a relatively flat radius (14” or 16”) but I’m running into problems finding what I’m looking for. Scale length is not important yet since I’m still in the early stages of planning and can shift the design to accommodate, and I’m comfortable playing with pretty much any of the common scale lengths. I figured that for a first build, it would be easier to use a constant radius fretboard, but the preslotted boards that I see Stew-Mac selling are either 12” radius (a bit too round for my taste) in both Fender and Gibson scale length or a compound radius (10-16”) in Fender scale, which would work with my playing style, but I have no idea as far as how to do a good job of fretting and leveling frets on a compound radius board, and I’m not sure if that’s a good idea for a first build. Beyond that, I haven’t found much in the way of pre-slotted boards out there. Does anyone know where I can find slotted 24 fret ebony boards either unradiused or 14” or 16”? Or, as another alternative, is it worth the effort to buy a board with a 12” radius and sand it down to a flatter profile with say a 16” radius sanding block? Or is that one of those things that can be done but it a bit too much of a hassle? I know doing so makes the fretboard thinner and ebony isn’t known for being the easiest wood to work with. I’d appreciate anyone’s thoughts and suggestions. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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