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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

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

    Expensive only in Time! ;)
  2. FretlessMainly

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    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. ;)
  3. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    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.
  4. Ezmar

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    Magical Morphing Fretless Bass! :hyper:
  5. Darren Low

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    Then we wear down the re-emerged frets and presto, fretless again!
  6. 96tbird

    96tbird Supporter Supporting Member

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    Ezmar, have you been drinking? :p
  7. Ezmar

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    No.

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

    Jay2U Not as bad as he looks Supporting Member

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    :D It may be easier to burn the bass and have bassless frets :D
  9. Ezmar

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    This man deserves a grant!!
  10. megafiddle

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

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