Luthier Services for Upright Bass, Cello, Electric Bass, and Electric Guitar
- Custom "False Nut" job on Voit & Geiger "Pancake" bass -
The customer who brought this bass to me wanted the scale length
shortened via the process known as creating a "false nut". The problem
was that this was 50 year old bass made by Wenzl B. himself, and
a false nut modification is usually permanent.
Normally, the fingerboard is cut off near the nut, and a larger nut is
fabricated to go over the nut space and neck where the fingerboard
was cut off. This is not reversable without replacing the original
But I thought of something custom that would prevent me from having
to cut the fingerboard, and still leave the bass able to be returned to
"stock" in case the owner wanted to resell it in the future. I cut a ridge
and slope into the fingerboard.
Then I fabricated and fit a "cap" out of some ebony stock. This was tough!
The cap was fitted to match the slope in the fingerboard and glued
with hide glue.
Now with the original nut replaced, I've extended the nut by 1"
without cutting the fingerboard.
With the string slots filed, it was ready to be strung up.
Although I would have to cut the fingerboard thinner near the nut
and redress it, I could reverse the whole process. Another
Jon Paget has been working on his own instruments
and modifying gear for more than
30 years. More recently he has worked on Upright Basses for
customers ranging from pros like Bunny Brunel, Stanley Clarke,
and Brian Bromberg, to local schools and their students.
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