Best DIY way to fix this issue

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


  1. TBAR Shane

    TBAR Shane

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    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 Supporting Member

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    Is a defretted neck or original fretless? I'm guessing defretted. Can you truss it to a compromise semi-flatness?
  3. TBAR Shane

    TBAR Shane

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    It's originally fretless. I've tried tweaking the truss rod without success.
  4. bkbirge

    bkbirge Supporting Member

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    I'd probably take it somewhere and have it planed before I tried an epoxy approach.
  5. JLS

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    I'd agree. I think you have a fretless skijump going on.
  6. TBAR Shane

    TBAR Shane

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    Thanks.

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

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