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Re: Please Explain the Fingerboard Profile

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Posted by Bob Gollihur on May 12, 2001 at 16:29:08:

In Reply to: Please Explain the Fingerboard Profile posted by Laird Allshouse on May 12, 2001 at 15:05:32:

: My bass,perhaps like all basses, has a very pronounced ridge on the fingerboard, under the A-string, which is in evidence from close to the nut all the way to the end of the fingerboard.

: Why, exactly, is this profile used? If it is in anticipation of an elevated A-string to facilitate arco differentiation between the A and E strings, why is there not a similar ridge under the D-string?

That's a beveled fingerboard; for many years that was used typically because the E strings were so floppy that the extra clearance was required. The bevel SHOULD be between the A and E, though it is typically closer to the A. I remember in the 60's many players switched to gut G and D and metal A and E strings, once higher quality metal strings became available since the E's were so sloppy and inarticulate. More modern, higher tension strings capable of rendering a clean E have made that bevel unnecessary, and you'll find many bass' fingerboards are rounded like the rest of the string family.

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