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Defret guide help

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Zoop Soup, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. Zoop Soup

    Zoop Soup

    Mar 21, 2013
    I'm considering asking my grandfather (an excellent craftsman with a lot of free time :D ) if he'd defret my bass, and was wondering if you guys could give this guide I found a look and see if I could tell him to base his work off this guy.


    If it matters, it's a Yamaha RBX170.

    Please add your own tips and help alongside the stated help :)
  2. Zoop Soup

    Zoop Soup

    Mar 21, 2013
    Stupidly didn't notice the stickied forum above, will be deleting this if I can figure it out
  3. Turnaround


    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Bass Technician, Club Bass - Toronto

    Please follow the stickie. The defretting in the link you posted is a real hack job, poorly done. Never use wood filler to fill the fret slots.
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2004
    Fort Collins, Colorado

    That link does indeed have some of the worst instructions I have seen.

    If a defret guide has any of these words in it, RUN AWAY:

    - Hammer
    - Screwdriver
    - Wood filler

    None of them have any uses whatsoever in doing a proper defret.
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  6. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    You think that maybe it's a joke? I mean, really...
  7. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Depending on the bass, it's often cheaper (and always easier :D) to follow this set of instructions:

    1. Buy replacement fretless bass neck
    2. Replace fretted neck with said fretless bass neck
    3. Play fretless bass
    4. Sell fretted neck if happy with it

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