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Posted by Joe Kyle on October 30, 2001 at 19:24:38:
In Reply to: kay fingerboard ??? posted by TIm larson on October 30, 2001 at 15:32:44:
Take your bass to a professional luthier. Don't try this yourself.
The neck may need to be reset; get an expert opinion on this.
Your fingerboard will need a "dressing," meaning that it needs to
be planed down to remove the grooves in it.
A good fingerboard dressing will restore the smooth surface and proper
shape and "scoop." You can address certain tonal flaws (Buzzing)
this way. You can do this a few times to a fingerboard, the same way
you can only turn an auto's brake rotors so many times before they need
to be replaced. Your Kay doesn't have a fine ebony fingerboard,
it probably has been stained to make it look like ebony...common
practice for less expensive instruments.
I have received price quotes for fingerboard replacement here in CA
ranging from $500-$1000, depending on the luthier and the quality of
wood used. Don't know what things cost in your 'hood.
I've got 3 old laminated basses, 1940's German, 1930's Kay, and
another unidentified US bass at least 30 years old. I love them all.
To me, theoretically, it would be worth the cost of fingerboard
replacement to keep any or all of them playable.
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