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Fretless Adventure, Should I Paint While I am at it?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by sandman357, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. So I am converting a 5 string Rogue into a fretless masterpiece. I have all the frets out, truss rod adjusted so neck is flat, slots cut, radius block made, Birch wood cut in strips, and half of them installed with CA Glue. But after slicing off a few layers of skin with an x-acto knife, (no blood yet) and almost gluing my fingers to the fret board, I thought it was a good time for a break :smug: Since I have the neck off I am wondering if I should go ahead and paint the body. There is nothing wrong with it, not a scratch on it, but it is tempting.....

    <a href="http://s147.photobucket.com/user/sandman357/media/Fretless%20Adventure/IMG_1624A.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r298/sandman357/Fretless%20Adventure/IMG_1624A.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo IMG_1624A.jpg"/></a>

    <a href="http://s147.photobucket.com/user/sandman357/media/Fretless%20Adventure/IMG_1629b.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r298/sandman357/Fretless%20Adventure/IMG_1629b.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo IMG_1629b.jpg"/></a>

    <a href="http://s147.photobucket.com/user/sandman357/media/Fretless%20Adventure/IMG_1630c.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r298/sandman357/Fretless%20Adventure/IMG_1630c.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo IMG_1630c.jpg"/></a>
  2. I have all the birch strips glued in. Next step is to cut them down and radius sand the neck. I will double check that the neck is still flat first. Still happy to report there has been no blood shed and no glue mishaps so far!


  3. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Clean work!! It's very nice to see someone who is taking the time to do this right instead of hacking up the fretboard and then putting some kind of putty into the slots!

    If you want a new color, this is indeed a good time to strip things down and do it. OTOH, the neck only takes four screws to mount - not a big deal to disassemble later.
  4. Hues


    Nov 27, 2012
    see Burn Notice
    If you're inclined to paint...I would, just to get the name off the body.
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  6. Fretless project drew first blood yesterday. I was cutting off the wood strips with a radius saw and a couple of slips got me :)
    Here is the neck all sanded.


    Here it is with the first Tru-Oil coat of many.


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