Originally Posted by poomwah
beautiful bass, dog.
I have thought about doing that, I'm just paranoid about all the things that can go wrong.
I don't have a radius block so I know I'm not going to get the fingerboard countour right.
My biggest worry is that I'm not going to be able to get it done right, and its going to hinder my transition to fretless, or worse yet, give me a misguided bad impression of playing fretless.
That's a hand made bass. Solid figured curly
maple body with 5 piece neck through body
and a redheart fingerboard. I bought it and a
TKL hard shell case from the builder for $90.
It is easier to defret a neck than you think.
Just take the frets out and sand smooth.
Then cut the nut down. You can cut the
nut on the bottom so you don't even have
to worry about cutting the string grooves.
At this point, it is a playable fretless bass.
The rest is just window dressing.
Folks will tell you I am wrong, but they don't
know. They ain't done it I have. You don't
have to change the radius or need a radius
block if you don't change the radius.
I have changed the fingerboard radius by
just eye-balling. I even made the neck
narrower and thinner just by eye-balling.
I have taken twist and bowes out of necks
by grinding the fretboard strait. I did my first
defret in 1972 on an electric guitar and
re-fretted it. So, I do have some experience,
but I'm far from an expert.
In my book, it's easy,