(redirected from Fret board)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.


A strip of wood on the neck of a stringed musical instrument against which the strings are pressed in playing.


(Instruments) the long strip of hard wood on a violin, guitar, or related stringed instrument upon which the strings are stopped by the fingers


(ˈfɪŋ gərˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd)

(of a violin, cello, etc.) the strip of wood on the neck against which the strings are stopped by the fingers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fingerboard - a guidepost resembling a hand with a pointing index fingerfingerboard - a guidepost resembling a hand with a pointing index finger
signpost, guidepost - a post bearing a sign that gives directions or shows the way
2.fingerboard - a bank of keys on a musical instrumentfingerboard - a bank of keys on a musical instrument
accordion, piano accordion, squeeze box - a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument; the reeds are made to vibrate by air from the bellows controlled by the player
keyboard - device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like
pipe organ, organ - wind instrument whose sound is produced by means of pipes arranged in sets supplied with air from a bellows and controlled from a large complex musical keyboard
forte-piano, piano, pianoforte - a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
3.fingerboard - a narrow strip of wood on the neck of some stringed instruments (violin or cello or guitar etc) where the strings are held against the wood with the fingers
banjo - a stringed instrument of the guitar family that has long neck and circular body
bowed stringed instrument, string - stringed instruments that are played with a bow; "the strings played superlatively well"
guitar - a stringed instrument usually having six strings; played by strumming or plucking
lute - chordophone consisting of a plucked instrument having a pear-shaped body, a usually bent neck, and a fretted fingerboard
mandolin - a stringed instrument related to the lute, usually played with a plectrum
strip - thin piece of wood or metal


[ˈfɪŋgəbɔːd] N (on piano) → teclado m; (on stringed instrument) → diapasón m
References in periodicals archive ?
That evolved into what he calls the 10-finger tapping style, using both hands on the fret board, much like a pianist on a keyboard.
His flagship design for the international market incorporates the Philippine flag on the fret board, using individual wood parts with three stars and a sun.
Steve Howe's intricate finger-picking and mazy runs across his fret board intertwined with Downes, whose keyboard set-up resembled something from the NASA control room.
Sold in a small oval canister that can be easily stashed in a guitar case or gig bag the wipes include string cleaning wipes, wood polish wipes, and Lem-Oil fret board conditioner wipes.
Tony Tinderholt of Arlington, Jonathan Stickland of Bedford, Charlie Geren of Fort Worth, John Frullo of Lubbock and John Raney of College Station were all on the fret board.
The secondary formula, music staff and guitar fret board updates as each is selected.
Particularly astonishing was that some of the solo lines on tunes like Tequila Sunrise were all done on one six-string fret board, where most musicians would, understandably, have believed they were played on steel guitar.
Combine this with his awe-inspiring ability to perform magic on the fret board while screaming his lungs out and simultaneously moshing as hard as anyone in the crowd and you've got a winning combination.
Even at the ripe old age of 69, his fingertips flew like lightning across the fret board to deliver an incendiary solo that's still stuck in my head .
This sensibility led not only to the formation of Warsaw, later Joy Division, but also to one of their defining features as a band: Hook's instantly recognisable melodic bass style came about by accident, a lack of technical proficiency meaning he only learned to play with three fingers, while a cheap amp forced him to play high up the fret board to make himself heard.
D'Angelo, a massive force on the fret board, will be playing alongside blistering bassist Al Gallo and powder-keg drummer Dave Balcom under the guise of Deep 6.