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Recording King RK-75 Fingerboard Scale

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Nov 14, 2019 - 7:21:03 PM
608 posts since 5/17/2007

I'd like to get hold of a Recording King Rk-75 Scale for the Fingerboard. I have several Recording King pots and unfinished Resonators, so I could build the Neck. I've wanted one of these for some time now. I just don't have the funds to purchase one, ( I don't justify spending the money for one now since I have more needed items to deal with.) I have plenty of wood and materials to make the Neck, so I just need the scale to make the fingerboard. I'll probably make a Gibson version instead of Recording inlays, even though I do like the pattern for sure. I've heard the longer scale is makes a difference so I'd like to try it.

Nov 14, 2019 - 8:19:24 PM
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rudy

USA

14651 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by roydsjr

I'd like to get hold of a Recording King Rk-75 Scale for the Fingerboard. I have several Recording King pots and unfinished Resonators, so I could build the Neck. I've wanted one of these for some time now. I just don't have the funds to purchase one, ( I don't justify spending the money for one now since I have more needed items to deal with.) I have plenty of wood and materials to make the Neck, so I just need the scale to make the fingerboard. I'll probably make a Gibson version instead of Recording inlays, even though I do like the pattern for sure. I've heard the longer scale is makes a difference so I'd like to try it.


Google tells me it's 27-3/8" scale length.

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:06:52 AM

roydsjr

USA

608 posts since 5/17/2007

Thanks Rudy. I need to find it to print out. Never done that before.

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:10:05 AM
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3632 posts since 5/12/2010

I have slotted my own fretboards, but I highly recommend buying a pre-slotted board from a quality supplier such as LMII.

Cutting the slots by hand certainly can be done accurately however if you are off even the thickness of the saw blade on one fret that amount gets multiplied by every cut following, and the cost of buying a board pre-slotted is cheaper than all the effort of building a banjo that will not have good intonation.

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:21:08 AM
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rudy

USA

14651 posts since 3/27/2004

Fret position layout is ALWAYS done from the nut location for each and every fret.  Many fret layout charts display the fret to fret distances, which should NEVER be used.  If you use the individual nut to fret layout measurements you will have no compounded errors introduced.

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:23:04 AM

roydsjr

USA

608 posts since 5/17/2007

Thanks Andy for your input! I'll check with LMII.

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:24:26 AM

roydsjr

USA

608 posts since 5/17/2007

Thanks again Rudy.

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:49:15 AM

3632 posts since 5/12/2010

Good point Randy.

I only cut my own on a couple of banjos early in my building, mainly because I had a couple of rosewood boards. One of those two turned out great, the other was off just enough for an experienced player to notice. 

In both cases I used a template I believe was printed from your CD, but not sure about that. I also am not sure how I got off on the one, but it was off, and I decided that since I had to buy the board anyway I would pay the additional charge to have them slotted. Never regretted that decision. The small cost is very cheap compared to the time it saves, and every one I have bought from LMII has been dead on accurate, and never required any rework.

Edited by - OldPappy on 11/15/2019 08:51:36

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:09:21 PM

10475 posts since 10/27/2006

What Rudy says if laying it out yourself.

Most of the board suppliers now have a CNC machine. They punch in the scale you want and the fret slots are cut automatically.

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