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Jan 20, 2020 - 9:45:38 AM
433 posts since 10/17/2006

If I took a fingerboard for a 27" scale and cut the first fret off would it note correctly for the shorter scale? It appears that that would give me about a 25-1/2" scale. Also, I have a fingerboard from Robert Cathey that he said was taken from an original 1939 RB12. The slots don't match up exactly with any other fingerboard I have so I've been reluctant to use it. Any opinions?

Jan 20, 2020 - 9:56:56 AM

2761 posts since 2/18/2009

In response to your first question, yes, it is just like using a capo. To find out what your new scale length will be, measure from the current 1st fret slot to the current 12th and multiply by 2. To find out about your other board measure from where the nut would be to the 12th fret, and multiply by 2. Then take the number you get and enter it into an online fret position calculator(I use the one on the Stew-Mac website, just go there and search for fret calculator). Then you can check to see if the fret positions are close to the numbers given on the calculator. Some old Gibson instruments have a reputation for sloppy fret placement, but I don't know which ones.
Zach

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:05:51 AM

1523 posts since 6/2/2010

quote:
Originally posted by Zachary Hoyt

In response to your first question, yes, it is just like using a capo. To find out what your new scale length will be, measure from the current 1st fret slot to the current 12th and multiply by 2. To find out about your other board measure from where the nut would be to the 12th fret, and multiply by 2. Then take the number you get and enter it into an online fret position calculator(I use the one on the Stew-Mac website, just go there and search for fret calculator). Then you can check to see if the fret positions are close to the numbers given on the calculator. Some old Gibson instruments have a reputation for sloppy fret placement, but I don't know which ones.
Zach


Zach - wouldn't you measure from current 1st fret to current 13th fret then multiply by 2?

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:14:42 AM

433 posts since 10/17/2006

I have 2 slotted fingerboards, and was planning on cutting off the first fret. Will that work and note correctly assuming they are slotted correctly?

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:22:43 AM

1523 posts since 6/2/2010

Yes it will, although you will now have a 21 fret banjo instead of a 22 fret.

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:40:11 AM

2761 posts since 2/18/2009

quote:
Originally posted by maneckep
quote:
Originally posted by Zachary Hoyt

In response to your first question, yes, it is just like using a capo. To find out what your new scale length will be, measure from the current 1st fret slot to the current 12th and multiply by 2. To find out about your other board measure from where the nut would be to the 12th fret, and multiply by 2. Then take the number you get and enter it into an online fret position calculator(I use the one on the Stew-Mac website, just go there and search for fret calculator). Then you can check to see if the fret positions are close to the numbers given on the calculator. Some old Gibson instruments have a reputation for sloppy fret placement, but I don't know which ones.
Zach


Zach - wouldn't you measure from current 1st fret to current 13th fret then multiply by 2?


Yes, thanks for catching that.  I hit the wrong key.

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:05:22 PM

1319 posts since 10/13/2004

Same as using a capo at the 2nd fret......That way your bridge placement on the head never changes.......

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