Friday, July 26, 2019

All About Fingerboards!

By Andy Fein, Luthier at
and Ivana Truong
A cello fingerboard with a precisely machined metal straightedge on top. Fingerboards need a "hollow or "scoop".

The fingerboard isn't a very prominent part of the violin, but it's incredibly important and surprisingly complex. Fingerboards are constructed in a very specific way to best accommodate the modern violin and have changed a surprising amount since baroque times. Without a well-constructed, well-maintained fingerboard, your instrument can run into a lot of issues.