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Best DIY way to fix this issue

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by TBAR Shane, Nov 19, 2012.


  1. Hi everyone.

    I'm trying to fix up a beat up 6 st fretless. I'm very close to having it ready to play, except for one big issue that I'm not sure how to fix.

    At about the 12th (fret?) to the 15th there is a gradual depression in the fingerboard. It's deep enough that it causes the strings to mute any notes against the wood, making that portion of the neck unplayable.

    I'm looking for a DIY fix, as I'm trying to keep this cheap. I was thinking perhaps that applying epoxy, with a few extra thick layers to the problem area could do it. However I'm wondering if there's a better approach.
     
  2. bkbirge

    bkbirge

    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
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    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Is a defretted neck or original fretless? I'm guessing defretted. Can you truss it to a compromise semi-flatness?
     
  3. It's originally fretless. I've tried tweaking the truss rod without success.
     
  4. bkbirge

    bkbirge

    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    I'd probably take it somewhere and have it planed before I tried an epoxy approach.
     
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  6. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    Disclosures:
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    I'd agree. I think you have a fretless skijump going on.
     
  7. Thanks.

    Can you explain what you mean by ski jump, and how getting it planed will help?
     
  8. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    Disclosures:
    I setup & repair guitars & basses