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Could you make a fretless bass by...

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Ezmar, Nov 28, 2012.


  1. Ezmar

    Ezmar

    Jul 8, 2010
    ...Simply never having new frets put in and wearing the old ones down through wear?

    Expensive only in Time! ;)
     
  2. FretlessMainly

    FretlessMainly

    Nov 17, 2010
    Typically you wear down the frets in the first few positions much sooner than those in the higher positions. Result: buzz. Let me know how it works out for you wearing down frets 6-20. Get back to me in 50 years.

    Note: don't bother, I'll be dead. ;)
     
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  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    even going all-in with this idea and grinding the frets down to nothing has issues; the resulting "lines" of the fret tangs left in the board are way harder than the surrounding wood, and with playing time will "re-emerge" as the wood wears away around them.
     
  5. Ezmar

    Ezmar

    Jul 8, 2010
    Magical Morphing Fretless Bass! :hyper:
     
  6. Darren Low

    Darren Low

    Sep 28, 2012
    Australia
    Then we wear down the re-emerged frets and presto, fretless again!
     
  7. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Manitoba, Canada
    Ezmar, have you been drinking? :p
     
  8. Ezmar

    Ezmar

    Jul 8, 2010
    No.

    But I've had several late nights lately, which for me is about the same thing. :rolleyes:
     
  9. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    23 ft below sea level
    :D It may be easier to burn the bass and have bassless frets :D
     
  10. Ezmar

    Ezmar

    Jul 8, 2010
    This man deserves a grant!!
     
  11. megafiddle

    megafiddle

    May 25, 2011
    Actually it does work.
    The problem is that when you're done,
    it looks like you have 20 brass nuts.
     



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