Frequently Asked Questions

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Rippleboard Q & A

What instruments does it work with?

Violins, violas, cellos, upright basses, bass guitars, guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, and more. Rippleboards work with all bowed and plucked stringed instruments, replacing the fingerboards and fretboards to enhance the sound, playability, and comfort of each instrument.

Will it help me learn to play my violin better?

Many years are spent trying to find notes based on relative position, including master violinists who require hours of daily practice to maintain their ability to play pitches accurately.

With a Rippleboard the timeframe of learning to play such a complex instrument is drastically decreased for novices, while also helping professionals reduce stress. This allows musicians to play longer, build healthier habits, and concentrate on their bow arm to produce a better sound.

Does it play like a fretted instrument?

The Rippleboard is unlike any existing fingerboard design you have ever used. It plays and feels like a classical flat planar fingerboard but it automatically assists the player by providing pitch assistance. But, unlike a fretboard, it does not restrict your ability to play microtonal pitches and slides.

For fretboard-based instruments, it provides a much smoother surface and eliminates "Fret Noise," an inherent effect in existing instruments as the large vibrating strings make contact with the tiny surface of a fret, greatly improving the overall sound of the instrument.

Do you play in the grooves or the top of the ripples?

With a Rippleboard you can play on top of the ripple or slightly behind them. As Rippleboards utilize the same techniques as fretted and non-fretted fingerboards, no adjustments to your playing technique are necessary.

Can you play micro tones and half steps?

Yes! The ripple wave along the top of the Rippleboard allows a musician to continue to play half steps, microtones, slides, and vibrato.

Is it safe to remove the fingerboard or fretboard on my instrument?

Yes, whether on a classical instrument of the viol family, or a fretted instrument of the guitar family, all fingerboards are made to be replaced as they wear.

Is it more difficult to install a Rippleboard than a fretboard?

It's much easier to install a Rippleboard. While fretboards require re-fretting, filing, crowning, and leveling of 24 frets across the surface of the board after installing, Rippleboards only require the installation alone.

Why only pre-orders currently?

The Rippleboard is an exciting improvement for instruments, and with the amount of interest and the number of instruments affected by the innovation, pre-orders help us fund the production of Rippleboards as we work towards mass manufacturing processes.