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Petey

ooops - there goes the fingerboard

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Once a month  a play a Jazz gig on electric but I decided to double up and take my upright. I packed the bass up carefully as normal into its newish cover and placed it into the estate (securing  it in place). Drove to the venue and careful took it out. Carried it over the uneven ground and then wheeled it on the smoother surface to the doors of the venue and carried it up the stairs. Once on the stage I unzipped the case to find that the fingerboard had completely come away from the neck and was just lying in the case.....ummm bummer (lucky I brought the electric).

About a year ago I had a local luther did some work on it including fixing a new wheeled bridge, sound post, new strings and 'shoot' (levelled) the fingerboard (he didn't take the fingerboard off to do this).

Questiion - although I haven't knocked it, use a humidifier in my room, (and monitor this  - usually reads between 45% - 50%), have a dampit and various containers of water in the room -  is this a normal thing to happen?

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Not normal, but even a small knock on the end of the fingerboard can do this. Not a huge deal to repair...

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My fingerboard fell off.  But the bass had fallen forwards onto the floor.  What gave way was the wedge that was between the maple neck and ebony board; the wood split.  The mender said the wood of the wedge wasnt seasoned enough. 

No Biggie, just get it glued back ... and ask why they think it fell off.  Doubt your humidification and careful transport regime are to blame.

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The luther called me when I got home and said that a white glue was on the neck - he said the wrong glue had previously been applied (must of had a previous repair as its a mid 1970s German Bass). When I arrived he was warming the glue up on the stove - I pick it up tomorrow so I'll let you know.

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Thanks for your messages - all seems well and it appears that although there 'could' have been a knock or a humidity issue the wrong type of glue seems to point to the answer

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