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    Default Fretboard Thickness?

    Hi Folks,

    I am building my first Ukulele (working on several acoustic guitars as well), and have made the fretboard for my tenor (Madagascar RW with Aussie Curly blackwood binding). It is currently ~ .250 in thick. For a guitar, this would work, but what thickness do you guys make your fingerboards for a tenor?

    Thanks!

    Glenn

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    Mine average about 4mm.
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    2.9mm Soprano...4mm Tenor

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    Thanks Guys!

    That's about .158 Inches - I will go with that.

    Glenn

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    3.5mm.

    ps didn't realise a post had to 10 characters long.

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    4.75 mm is what I shoot for. About 3/16". That is for a tenor.

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    Mine are from 3 mm for a soprano to something right around 4 mm on a tenor. If the fret board has a radius on it then they are 4.5 mm in the middle and I use a 12" radius on them. Puts the fret board edge just a hair under 4mm at the sound board end.

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    Thanks for all the responses!

    Glenn

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    Picking up on this older thread, I wonder if you do the final thicknessing once the fret slots are cut in, or...

    I am at seven sixteenths of an inch.

    And the other question I have is how deep do you cut those fret slots? Again, this is a tenor ukulele. I have decided to use bird's-eye maple for the fretboard. I am also going to have to make a decision about fret wire --something about which I know nothing. Maybe there's a thread that addresses all of this stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckBarnett View Post
    Picking up on this older thread, I wonder if you do the final thicknessing once the fret slots are cut in, or...

    I am at seven sixteenths of an inch.

    And the other question I have is how deep do you cut those fret slots? Again, this is a tenor ukulele. I have decided to use bird's-eye maple for the fretboard. I am also going to have to make a decision about fret wire --something about which I know nothing. Maybe there's a thread that addresses all of this stuff?
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