A day later, and I’ve got two variations on the original design. I asked Mica to give the wedges a little more character for this round. The results are shown above, including a fret marker detail. It’s amazing what a small variation can do! At the very least, I haven’t seen this exact shape on any other fingerboard. At the same time, it retains the simplicity I asked for. Simple and unique – just what I’m after.
Version three (the bottom fingerboard) shows a clever design where the markers travel up the thumb-side of the neck, but then “change lanes” at the 12th fret, continuing up to the nameplate on the finger-side. At first, I wasn’t crazy about this design, but the more I look at it, the more I am warming up to this layout.
I do have at least one more idea for the shape of the wedge, and I will probably have another fingerboard layout with that design in a few days. After that, I’ll probably sit on the fingerboard ideas for a bit, to make sure I’m at peace with my final decision.