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defretting an acoustic

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Zenixon, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Zenixon

    Zenixon

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    Would defretting my acoustic be a bad idea sound wise?
  2. Matt R.

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    Only if you suck at fretless ;)
  3. lz4005

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    It will probably be quieter.
  4. Apolicious

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    Depends on the bass. The best acoustic bass I've ever heard was a fretless pre-Fender Thunderbass. I wouldn't say it "nailed" that upright tone, but it had a beautiful, airy quality, and the lack of frets made it far more expressive than the fretted models. But I really guess it all depends on what kind of sound you're going for.
  5. Zenixon

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    That's what I was worrying about. What would be a safe remedy for that? Just raising the action?
  6. lz4005

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    You're going to be stopping the string on wood instead of metal. There's no way of changing that short of getting a metal fingerboard like on Vigier fretless guitars. You can try playing harder to compensate, but there's only so much that can do.
  7. MD

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    I pulled the frets on my Takamine G series years ago with no issues. I don't think there was any loss of volume, but it was a while ago.

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    Action is high and it can be heard around a campfire just fine.

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