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Posted by Bob Gollihur on May 22, 2001 at 06:20:02:
In Reply to: Fingerboard profile posted by RM on May 22, 2001 at 01:06:20:
: I an just beginning to learn the bass, and just bought a used bass from a
: private party. He had rc'd the bass to settle a debt, and didn't know
: anything about it. It turns out to be left-handed, and has a beveled
: fingerboard (from what I've read on a previous thread.) Since it is left
: handed, the bevel is opposite of what one would expect. I would guess I
: need to change the fingerboard. Is that correct, or is there something else
: that can be done? Can it be sanded down? Also, what does it typically cost
: to change a fingerboard? Outrageous or moderate? Any advice would be greatly
That's not the only thing - you should consider leaving it as is and selling it to a left-handed player. They are not plentiful and it may command a good price. The sound post and bass bar are also reversed if it is truly a left-handed bass, and you won't be doing yourself any favor by reversing strings and sanding the fingerboard. The bevel can be removed, but the fingerboard must also be properly graduated for the appropriate relief. Do yourself and a leftie a favor and sell it to get a rightie.
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