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00:46The hard front surface of an instrument neck against which the strings are pressed to form different notes is called the "fingerboard." It is the part of the neck over which the strings pass and are pressed against when noting. It is usually made of ebony, rosewood or dyed pearwood.

Technically speaking, a "fingerboard" is found on fretless stringed instruments, such as those of the Violin Family, while "fretboards" are found on fretted instruments, like a guitar, banjo or mandolin. For all practical purposes, when referring to fretted instruments, the terms "fingerboard"and "fretboard" are interchangeable. Either way, everyone will know what you're talking about.
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