HD Fretboards for 10- and 12-string Steels

All of the fretboards I provide are silk-screened for a “High Definition” appearance. All are printed on 20-gauge vinyl except the MSA 12-stringer (which is only available in original equipment metal silk-screened style…no vinyl available). All boards have adhesive backing for secure bonding to any surface. Their color graphics and fret lines utilize non-glare paint, while otherwise being identical to the boards as originally provided on the brands represented. The Emmons boards are designed for neck lengths of 24 ¼”. The other boards are all for 24” guitar neck lengths (a guitar’s neck length is measured from the center of the nut to the center of the bridge). If a guitar has a neck length other then what these boards replace, they will not be appropriate replacements. Why? Because if installed, the intonation of that guitar will never be accurate at any fret!

These boards will make your guitar “sparkle” like new again. Besides the brands they are made to replace, they will fit other guitars, as long as your guitar’s neck width and length is compatible with the boards described here.

Below are the styles and specifications of each board I offer. When ordering, please indicate the brand of guitar the replacement board is for. Once a board is cut, it can’t be uncut! …Tom

Price: $29.00 each (all styles) except the 12-string MSA (metal) boards ($45.00). Domestic shipping included.

Emmons 10-string, white background
Width: 2 7/8” at nut end; 3 ½” at the 24th fret (7.2 cm & 8.8 cm).

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Emmons 10-string, black background
Width: 2 7/8” at nut end; 3 ½” at the 24th fret (7.2 cm & 8.8 cm).

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Sho-Bud 10-string, white background
Width: 2 7/8” at nut end; 3 5/16” at 24th fret (7.2 cm & 8.3 cm).

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Sho-Bud 10-string, black background
Width: 2 7/8” at nut end; 3 5/16” at 24th fret (7.2 cm & 8.3 cm).

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Sho-Bud 12-string black background only
Width: 3 ½” at nut end; 3 7/8” at 24th fret. (8.9 cm & 9.7 cm).

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MSA 10-string boards, white background
Width: 2 13/16” at the nut end; 3 9/16 at the 24th fret (7 cm & 9 cm).

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MSA 10-string boards, black background
Width: 2 13/16” at the nut end; 3 9/16 at the 24th fret (7 cm & 9 cm).

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MSA 12-string metal boards (black background only)
Width: 3 1/8” at the nut end; 3 13/16” at 24th fret (5.8 cm & 9.6 cm).

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Dekley 10-string* (black background only)
Width: 3” at the nut end; 3 5/8” at the 24th fret (7.5 cm & 9.3 cm).* See further explanation below.*

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Dekley 12-string boards* (black background only)
Width: 3 7/8” at the nut end; 4 1/8” at the 24th fret (8.9 cm & 10.7 cm).

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*About the Dekley Boards: The builders of Dekley guitars didn’t always cut their boards identically. Because of that, I ask purchasers of these boards to provide me with the width of the board they are replacing (measured at the nut end of their own board and again at the 24th fret). I can then provide a board that matches what is currently on your guitar. I can also provide Dekley boards with wider borders if you prefer. All Dekley fretboards are tapered. Some were cut with border margins that are much wider at the upper end than at the nut end, and therefore have borders of an inconsistent width. I can usually match that for a purchaser if they desire such a cut. It is wise not to ask for Dekley boards to be cut narrower than what exists on your guitar. Neck-fading will be revealed once the narrower board is installed, which exposure will not look pretty alongside the new board!

Installation: Comprehensive instructions for installing all the boards are provided with every order. However, if you would like to read this information before purchasing, just ask for it and I’ll e-mail it to you. …Tom