Fraser Posted September 10, 2010 Report Share Posted September 10, 2010 Hi all, been a while for me, but I need some advice/opinions. I've been building another guitar (please forgive me for not posting progress pics (I will soon I promise!)) and have finally I glued the fingerboard to the neck using Titebond. When I unclamped it, I checked the fingerboard for straightness - because of the way I clamped it for a few days, it now has considerable relief. How much? about 2mm (0.07" or 1/14th') at the 9th fret. ok, so i'm still a noob Neck is very deep set laminated blackwood-walnut-blackwood-walnut-blackwood. Laminates glued with Titebond. It is 25.5" scale length slotted bound fingerboard. Binding is the same timber as the fingerboard glued with Titebond. Fingerboard not yet radiused but fingerboard and neck are tapered. It has a LMII Double action Truss rod and two CF rods. Rods glued with epoxy. I am installing LMII Jumbo Evo Gold Fretwire - eventually. As it is now, I can get rid of just over half the relief by adjusting the truss rod as far as I'm willing to. The neck has a long tang, so I can clamp the tang and headstock down so the fingerboard is flat. When it is clamped, the fret tang feels like it will go in ok, ie: i don't think the slots are too wide or too small. I really don't want to heat/remove the fingerboard because I believe it will delaminate the binding and the neck laminates. I think some relief in the neck will be good for my playing style. Am planning on using Optima Gold 10-46 strings. I am thinking of the following course of action: 1 clamping the neck so the fingerboard is flat. 2 radiusing the fingerboard and cleaning/deepening the fret slots 3 fretting 4 unclamping and hoping that the backbow from the fret tangs evens out the relief, maybe with a little help from the truss rod. am I kidding myself? and if so what is my other option? The fingerboard is reasonable thick so could be sanded to level, but it would look a little funny being thinner at each end. Thank you, Fraser. answers receive a photo in the soon-to-be-created-build-progress-thread Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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