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    Default Tenor fretboards

    Building solid body ukes for my grandkids. Anyone know where I can buy fretboards ready to install. It would save me some time. Thanks

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    LMI has tenor scale fretboards in rosewood and ebony, all ready to go:

    https://www.lmii.com/179-pre-slotted...m_scale_length

    Not a terrible price either.

    I've never used one, but I would trust anything coming from LMI to be excellent quality and well supported.

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    StewMac has them also and I've used them. Good quality. They come in 17 3/32 length. Buy the fretwire. Just remember to add the 3/32 compensation to them.

    slotted-fingerboard-for-ukulele.jpg

    https://www.stewmac.com/tonewoods/sh...r-ukulele.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwizum View Post
    LMI has tenor scale fretboards in rosewood and ebony, all ready to go:

    https://www.lmii.com/179-pre-slotted...m_scale_length

    Not a terrible price either.

    I've never used one, but I would trust anything coming from LMI to be excellent quality and well supported.
    Thank you so much for posting this - I don't think I can buy an ebony blank for that money, let alone a fingerboard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sequoia View Post
    StewMac has them also and I've used them. Good quality. They come in 17 3/32 length. Buy the fretwire. Just remember to add the 3/32 compensation to them.

    slotted-fingerboard-for-ukulele.jpg

    https://www.stewmac.com/tonewoods/sh...r-ukulele.html

    Hello
    I'm new at this, with the fret wire, what does it mean to "add 3/32 compensation to them". Thank you.
    Ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siv View Post
    Thank you so much for posting this - I don't think I can buy an ebony blank for that money, let alone a fingerboard!
    Ebony pricing can be funny and is highly dependent on size. When I want ebony for a uke, I buy a stack of reject blanks from allen guitar:

    https://www.allenguitar.com/sale.htm

    Their reject blanks often have knots, splits, holes, and other problems - but since they're guitar size blanks, you can almost always get a uke fretboard out of them, or if not then always a few bridges. And since they're $3.50 each, it's a super good deal!

    Allen will slot blanks too but I bet they'd charge for a full blank versus letting you pay to slot a reject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AstroEd42 View Post
    Hello
    I'm new at this, with the fret wire, what does it mean to "add 3/32 compensation to them". Thank you.
    Ed
    No, not to the fretwire, to the scale length of the fretboard. In other words for a fretboard that is 17 3/32 scale length you would put the saddle at 17 6/32 (or 17 3/16) inches from the nut. That is adding 3/32 to the 17 3/32 scale fretboard for intonation compensation.

    Are we confused yet? Welcome to the rabbit hole of scale length and intonation compensation.

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    Thank you sequoia. I’m not confused, you explained it very good. It’s members like you that make this a great forum.
    Regards
    Ed

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    Try Bob Gleason, a renown builder, a member of this forum and trusted dealer of luthier parts.
    http://www.pegasusguitars.com/ebony-...retboards.html
    Chuck Moore
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    http://www.moorebettahukes.com

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    Thanks for that Chuck. Although I probably have the best prices on the planet for Grover tuners and a few other things I sell to builders, I can't touch the $13.00 and change that LMI sells ebony fretboards for. I can barely buy the wood for that price. Hope you're doing good!--Bob

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