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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

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    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.

    http://users.skynet.be/sky88241/defretting_site/page1.htm

    If it matters, it's a Yamaha RBX170.

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

    Zoop Soup

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

    Turnaround

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    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

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    AAAAAGGGGHHHHH!! CORRECT!!!

    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

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    You think that maybe it's a joke? I mean, really...
     
  7. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

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    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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