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Andy Smith


From:
United Kingdom
Post Posted 3 Oct 2017 11:05 am     Reply with quote

Hi fellow steelers!

I have produced some aluminium fretboards aimed primarily at lap and console steel guitars and in the style of the old Fender and Rickenbacker fretboards. I currently have 3 styles to choose from:

Stringmaster Style
24.5" scale length for 8 string guitar.


Copied meticulously from my own Stringmaster except that the board is a full length board to work with square nuts rather than the barrel nuts found on an actual Stringmaster. 1/8" would need shaving off the nut end for use on an actual Stringmaster or with a barrel nut.

    Scale length:24.5"
    Number of frets:31
    Length:519mm
    Width:70mm tapering to 59mm at the nut
    Thickness:1.5mm



'Stars'
My own design - 24.5" scale length for 8 string guitar




    Scale length:24.5"
    Number of frets:31
    Length:520mm
    Width:72mm tapering to 67mm at the nut
    Thickness:1.5mm




'Stars and Diamonds'
Based loosely on the Magnatone G65, 22.5" scale length for 6 string guitar.




    Scale length:22.5"
    Number of frets:29
    Length:465mm
    Width:60mm tapering to 57.5mm at the nut
    Thickness:1.5mm


They are all priced at £34.99 with free shipping to the UK and £5 anywhere else.

They can be bought from me direct or through Reverb: https://reverb.com/uk/shop/sugartone-guitars

Please feel free to PM me for further details.

Best regards, Andrew
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Ron Simpson


From:
Illinois, USA
Post Posted 12 Oct 2017 5:18 pm     Reply with quote

I recently installed a 22.5" Stars and Diamonds fretboard on an Gibson Ultratone seven string that I picked as a body only at a fleamarket. I am very pleased with the results. The first and seventh string are right where they belong.

Ron
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Ron Simpson


From:
Illinois, USA
Post Posted 17 Oct 2017 1:18 pm     Guibson Ultratone Reply with quote

Seeing is believing.

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Jim Fogarty


From:
Phila, Pa, USA
Post Posted 17 Oct 2017 3:28 pm     Reply with quote

Have one that would fit a Kay K155?


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Bill Sinclair


From:
Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Post Posted 17 Oct 2017 6:32 pm     Reply with quote

Jim,
Just so's ya know, I think all those Valco built guitars (like your Kay) are 23" scale.
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Jack Hanson


From:
San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 24 Oct 2017 6:27 am     Re: Guibson Ultratone Reply with quote

Ron Simpson wrote:
Seeing is believing.

The Sugartone fretboard looks great on your Ultratone, Ron. What method did you use to attach it?
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Ron Simpson


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Illinois, USA
Post Posted 25 Oct 2017 3:30 am     Reply with quote

I used double sided tape.
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Jack Hanson


From:
San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 6:58 pm     Reply with quote

Following Ron's lead I installed a Sugartone 22.5" "Stars & Diamonds" fretboard on this rescue Rickenbacher. Looks okay to me. Thanks, Andy!
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Ron Simpson


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Illinois, USA
Post Posted 16 Nov 2017 2:25 am     Reply with quote

It looks great.
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