I have just started a DIY baritone design of my own but I don’t want to make the fretboard myself. I’ve searched all the UK eBay sites but can’t find a baritone fretboard complete with frets. Where can I get one?
One possibility is to buy a pre-slotted guitar fretboard and cut it down.
You find a 12-fret spacing which is half the scale you desire - i.e. if you want a 19 inch scale baritone, you find the 13 frets on your guitar fretboard which most closely span 9.5 inches (mentally number them 0-12). This is probably frets 3-15, 4-16 or 15-17.
Your nut or zero fret is at your 0 fret, so cut the board off to accommodate that. It's probably too long at the other end as well, but save cutting that until you've built body and neck so you can decide what length over the body looks best.
Finally, mark its new width and plane the sides down to those lines. Voila! baritone fretboard.
This works because the ratio of each fret spacing to the next is constant. So whichever fret you cut at, the 12 frets following are half your new scale length.
Of course, you are still effectively ending up with a fretboard that is unfretted. In which case just buy a barritone fretboard. If you can't find one of those then the guitar option works or just pay someone to make you one. Are you wanting a flat board or one with a radius? What wood you wanting?Yes, I like that idea! I have got a local uke/guitar guru on the case as well and unless he can come up with anything easier which I doubt, I’ll take your advice. Thanks.
To find a finished baritone fretboard is the Holy Grail. At this stage I’m not too fussy about type of wood.Of course, you are still effectively ending up with a fretboard that is unfretted. In which case just buy a barritone fretboard. If you can't find one of those then the guitar option works or just pay someone to make you one. Are you wanting a flat board or one with a radius? What wood you wanting?
Yes, I took my 19” scale from a friends factory made job but nothing is definite at this stage, I’ll see what turns up.Also be mindful that there is no international agreed scale definition of 'barritone ukulele'. I have seen scales from 19" all the way through to 24" (although most are under 21.5"). If you are designing your own you need to know what scale length you want or don't want. I think my plans are for a 20 1/8" scale baritone. Otherwise your proportions may look a bit funny at the very least.