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Bamboo fretboard?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Yonatan, Jul 17, 2020.

  1. Yonatan

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    I was using bamboo skewers for some project and noticed how crisply it's cuts - I thought immediately of fret slots.

    I glued up a pack of skewers (two layers to allow for radiusing), now planing it flat :)

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    I know bamboo is used very successfully for flooring, but is it "hard" enough for a fretboard?
     
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    It probably will work. I know people who have used bamboo successfully for fretboards on cigar box guitars. Of course, that's a bit different than a regular guitar.
     
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    Bamboo, being a grass, is EXTREMELY susceptible to moisture and humidity changes. I hate my bamboo flooring. But it can be pretty hard.
     
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    Good point.
     
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    Hard stuff. Flooring would be convenient for fretboard stock, but not sure of the material suitability. Will slots hold frets? Will slots create splitting at the root, since bamboo has substantially less cross grain tension capability? Is moisture an issue for bamboo? Bamboo is very orthotropic, meaning it has a lot of directional sensitivity for strength and stiffness. An example, is a bundle of straws. Very strong end on end, somewhat strong across, but easily sheared or slipped between adjacent straws.
     
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    My son builds high end classical and flamenco guitars and has started using bamboo for back and sides as a "sustainable option". It is very hard and in my opinion would work well for a fretboard.

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    That looks very nice. Its worth a try as a fretboard. I'd worry about slip/shear at the root of the fret slots, but predicting these things analytically take more time, with less certainty than just trying it. A lot of stuff works in practice, that "fails" in analysis.
     
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    I've installed bamboo flooring and was impressed by the stuff, very strong/ stiff/ clean cutting etc.
    I would try it for a fingerboard if I was interested and it wasn't my dream guitar.

    But, how in heck did you join the edges of all those skewers???
     
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    There is an article in the current issue of American Lutherie about using bamboo as the back and sides of a classical guitar. The builder has good results - there goes another sacred cow....
     
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    What is it about your flooring that you hate? Inquiring minds want to know......
     
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    So he's the Kingma at the Delcamp forum:)
     
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    actually Bamboo is one of the more stable "woods" around.. it was commonly used in architects scales and Slide rules for that very reason I still have mine, stashed somewhere..

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    Sun Hemmi? That was a maker of rebranded-for-US Japanese SRs.

    Mine don't get nearly the action they deserve these days.

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    Dietzgen a nice one too. Pi is still right where it was - the little tick between 3.1 and 3.15.
     
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