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Fingerboard markings?
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Author:  threefeathers [ Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Fingerboard markings?

Hello everyone. I am a new member to the forum and I am excided about having such a resource available. I have not built any instruments at this time however, I am researching and planning to make an 18th century style guitar. For now i have another question that has come up among the pickers I hang around with.

Can someone tell me why guitars are marked on the ninth fret and banjos and
mandolins are marked on the tenth fret?

Author:  the Padma [ Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fingerboard markings?

Yes and no

something to do with musical scales, the way they are tuned and blues runs or some sort of mumbo jumbo like that.

now just a few days back me read a clear and understandable reason for that over at

Me thinks it was by Dave White a British Luthier.

here be his web page

now if it wasn't him, just log on to and ask the question there.


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