Re: graphite composite in neck

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Posted by Bob Gollihur on December 17, 2001 at 13:57:26:

In Reply to: graphite composite in neck posted by k on December 17, 2001 at 13:18:07:

: Currently, I play a cheap but good sounding plywood bass. Has a fairly
: big sound, tone etc... I need to put a new fingerboard on it (ebony of course)
: My question is... Since the fingerboard is off anyway, would graphite improve
: the sustain on my bass? Does anybody have experience with this? I have heard
: of the same thing on EUBs. thanks.

I installed a 1/4"x1/4" graphite bar, the length of the neck, in the EUB I built. The sustain is very good and I don't have any dead spots. Hard to know how much influence it had.

How about a Graphite FINGERBOARD!?!?! Moses Graphite is making graphite fingerboards for double bass - I've sold one to a guy for his homebuilt EUB, and I've considered putting one on my old Juzek when I finally get around to replacing its ebony board. That would give you all the benefits of graphite without jeopardizing the structural integrity of the neck, and in fact, make it stronger and stiffer.

They look like the finest ebony and are more than price competitive with a true black ebony fingerboard. I'll have to look it up, but I can safely say the price for a standard fingerboard is under $200, and I can get one for you pretty quickly.

Their standard 3/4 size board 34.75" long, 1.75" w. at nut, 3.5" at body end, with 5/16" high side walls. Other sizes can be made available. You'll find a photo of one and other info at the link below.

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