Mandolin Fingerboard

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Flat or compound radius playing surface! Our kiln-dried ebony and rosewood fingerboards are accurately slotted for 29 frets and 13-7/8" scale length.

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Mandolin Fingerboard Ebony, compound radius

Ebony, compound radius

Item # 2115
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Mandolin Fingerboard Ebony, flat

Ebony, flat

Item # 0762
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Mandolin Fingerboard Rosewood, flat

Rosewood, flat

Item # 0762-R
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Total: $0.00
Quantity: 20


Flat or compound radius playing surface! Our kiln-dried ebony and rosewood fingerboards are accurately slotted for 29 frets and 13-7/8" scale length.

The .023"-wide fret slots are ready for our fretwire. Each fingerboard is supplied unprofiled (rectangular); you can simply cut it shorter to fit an A-style mandolin.

Available with traditional flat playing surface, or with modern compound radius surface for lower string action.

Dimensions: 1-15/16" x 12" x 13/64" (49.21mm x 304.80mm x 5.16mm)

Compound radius fingerboard: The playing surface radius gradually changes from 7-1/4" at the nut, to 10" at the 12th fret, to 12" at the 29th fret, to allow lower string action and easier playability. 13" bridge saddle radius is recommended. Learn more about compound radius with this Free Information Compound Radius: Explained.

A note about ebony:
Ebony is usually not uniformly black. We offer Black Fingerboard Stain, as used by Gibson, Paul Reed Smith and other makers, for darkening the streaks on ebony fingerboards, bridges and peghead overlays when desired.

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Mandolin Fingerboard

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Great time saver at fantastic cost.

By Paul From Devon from United Kingdom
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 11, 2014

I'm making my first instrument so I'm no great expert but buying a fingerboard with the fret slots cut has saved me the cost of expensive fretting saws, etc. I am a joiner though and the fingerboard is of excellent quality rosewood. I would definitely recommend this fingerboard from my experience.

Flat Ebony Mandolin Fingerboard.

By Colin Sillence from England
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 06, 2013

The item was exactly as described in the catalogue. Removal of the first fret and trimming of the dusty end matched the scale length of the quality old banjolele I was restoring very closely. A touch of ebony stain blackened the slightly lighter streaks and it polished to a fine finish. It fretted solidly and easily and looks splendid on the instrument.

I made it work

By Fleer from Imperial, Mo.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 20, 2013

With ebony being so expensive and somewhat hard to get, I decided to make the one they sent me work. It wasn't exactly flat but then again, fretting never helps. I WILL ORDER AGAIN but hope for better quality next time

Mandolin fret board

By Chappy from New Mexico
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 28, 2013

I used the mandolin fret board to make a Cigar Box Guitar / Mandolin. I am not yet done with the build. I have to stain the neck, then do a final glue up and assemble. I'm not sure how it will sound but hopefully it will sound good.

Flat ebony fretboard is perfect

By markgrant from tennessee
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 02, 2012

This fretboard was installed on my F-5 mandolin. It had excellent color and didn't need dyeing. this is an excellent piece to use.

Nice but not perfect

By Yaron Naor from Bat Hefer, Israel
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 06, 2011

It came fast as always but with a small crack that it is not nice

Consistent quality

By Fred Hocker from Stockholm, Sweden
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 31, 2011

I have purchased a number of pre-slotted fretboards, both guitar and mandolin, from StewMac over the years, and they are of consistently good quality: the faces are always flat, the slots are always cleanly cut, with no fuzz or chips, and the wood choice is excellent. I have tried fretboards from others, and occasionally I get a more dramatic piece of wood, but not the same reliable quality. It means satisfied customers and less time on the workbench. I can cut my own slots if I get a weird order, but usually I order from StewMac.

mandolin fretboard

By Foley String Instruments from Dallas, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I cut my own fretboards for my own builds, but for those starting out this is great. I use them for all my resoration projects

They are great!

By Nick Waters from Brookfield, CT
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 08, 2011

I don't know why the other reviews only show 4 stars when there is no complaint to be had that was not promptly remedied. I have used two of these, and both had well-cut slots and an even radius.

Worth the Money

By The Lefty Luthier from Spring Branch, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 04, 2011

The Ebony was solid if a bit variable in color. The slots were precise and properly spaced. Saves me a lot of time.

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