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Re: Fingerboard shapes

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Posted by Bob Gollihur ( on March 01, 2002 at 07:16:31:

In Reply to: Fingerboard shapes posted by David G. Maul on March 01, 2002 at 02:16:25:

: Why does some basses have a rounded fingerboard while others have a flat side under the E and A string?

The beveled fingerboard is a throwback to when gut E strings were really floppy, and the extra clearance helped avoid buzz. Back in the 60's I remember lots of players (myself included) who would use a gut G and D and a Spirocore A and E because of the modern strings' tension improvement over gut. The string technology of today is a wonderful thing!

I recently did a survey among players and their preference of beveled and round fingerboards on Talkbass, link below. You may find the results and comments interesting.

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