Hi, I'm really new at this but love the idea. 

Anyway I've watched a ton of videos and I wonder why the fret board is always, it seems, a separate piece of would glued to the neck?

If the neck is hardwood and the fret board is hard wood why the layers? or is it just aesthetics?

Views: 115

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Welcome David, there are a number of reasons why builders choose a different hardwood fingerboard.

1) it covers a trussrod if fitted from the top face of the neck

2) it adds a bit more stability, especially if grain is oriented correctly.

3) not all neckwoods have a grain or cell structure that will grip the fret tang into its slot firm enough, fingerboard material is selected with this in mind.

4) it adds a decorative feature.

5) allows for better break angle of the string at the peghead...and

6) allows fretting to extend past the body if fingerboard goes over the body, at the heal.

7) some people can here a difference in tone when different fingerboards are used......

cheers Taff

Thanks. That all makes sense. I just never heard the "why" in any of the videos.

So as to grain orientation, should they run parallel or perpendicular to each other?

Hi, l always aim for 1/4 saw timber for the neck and the fingerboard. If you have seen timber bowed or boards "cupped" (not flat) in the hardware store, it is probably slab cut instead of 1/4 cut, grain lines going from face to face when looked at the end grain of the board.
It is a more expensive process to cut a tree this way, but the end result is more stable.
Taff

Hello.

Taffy is correct on ever point he made and for the record, I almost always use a separate fret board for the reasons he notes. However, if you go to a music store or ebay and look at the Fender Stratocaster you'll find that many (most/all) strats install frets directly into the neck (no fret board). So, building with no fret board is possible and done, so the option is open.

Another thing to add about fretting softer woods like Poplar is, don’t get it at any big box store. I would get it at a bonified lumberyard, big box stores sell young, hurry-dried wood, which is usually softer & less dense than the quality stuff you can get from the lumberyard? FYI lots of members usually go with oak, since it’s hard & readily available just about everywhere, another thing that will help is gluing the frets in, this will secure them even more so they won’t come out in the future? To reiterate on what Tom said, yes Fender makes a neck without a fretboard, but they don’t use anything softer than Maple so there’s no chance of fret sprout there? Good luck on your builds, you may want to peruse the Pics section for ideas? 

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


Forum

Hardtail Bridge

Started by Seasick Mick in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Seasick Mick 2 hours ago. 10 Replies

String query

Started by Michael Myers in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Michael Myers Apr 6. 3 Replies

CallyFest 4

Started by Richard Sundberg in Fests and Concerts: Organizing and Promoting. Last reply by Southern Ray Mar 19. 46 Replies

Latest Activity

t-belly johnson liked Gary O'slide's video
14 minutes ago
t-belly johnson liked Poorness Studios's video
16 minutes ago
t-belly johnson commented on Poorness Studios's video
Thumbnail

Banjo Build Diary: Day 2 [Sanding & Finishing]

"Looking good! Great finish with just one coat of Danish. You put the effort in of  going down…"
16 minutes ago
t-belly johnson liked A.D.EKER's video
26 minutes ago
Uncle John commented on Dave Lynas's photo
Thumbnail

Gib and Willy in Duck’s Store

"He quacks me up.   "
1 hour ago
Randy S. Bretz posted a photo

Comin down the home stretch

Won`t be long now till the strings go on it.
2 hours ago
Dave Lynas commented on Dave Lynas's photo
Thumbnail

Duck, the Blues Dude

"Bunch of likes Rick. You throw enough down and something magic can happen."
2 hours ago
Seasick Mick replied to Seasick Mick's discussion Hardtail Bridge
"Finding different ways of making a CBG is part of the fun for me...Thanks for the info."
2 hours ago
Dave Lynas commented on Dave Lynas's photo
Thumbnail

Gib and Willy in Duck’s Store

"Even Duck has a lady Unc.  He thinks she’s the greatest."
2 hours ago
Carl Floyd replied to Seasick Mick's discussion Hardtail Bridge
"Four screws, like a strat.  I have a mahogany heel that stick out.  Only two of the…"
3 hours ago
Gary O'slide posted a video
3 hours ago
Scotty Bolton commented on Scotty Bolton's video
Thumbnail

Soul Sleeper Original Cigar Box Guitar Song

"Thanx guys.  No need to speak dutch A.D.............me and fly are both British. We live and…"
3 hours ago

Music

© 2021   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->