NBD (@work edition) Fender MIJ Fretless

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  1. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    I got my tax refund the other day so naturally I had to spend some of it. I had it delivered to my job. I don't know how I'm gonna get through the next 6 and a half hours. I may come down with a sudden belly ache. I shoulda brought my little ampeg plug in headphone amp. Looks like it has SCN pickups. This is an E-series, right? They're supposed to be great? Looks good. Smells a little funny. Awesome case. I wanna go home.
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  2. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    It looks like the board may have been epoxied at some point and it was mostly removed? It feels smooth to the touch though.
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  3. coughiefiend

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    You do sound like you're coming down with something. It might be best to go home. :)


    This is an AMAZING bass. Congrats, I can't wait to hear what you think of it.
  4. reddog

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    Love the maple grain
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  6. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

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    mine smells weird too, like someone chucked some pepper in an ashtray and rubbed it on the neck...looks great!! Enjoy it!
  7. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    That's what it smells like!

    I just tuned it to something close to EADG by ear, and it seems whatever that stuff is on the board doesn't affect the sound at all. I'm a happy camper.
  8. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Beautiful congrats and I think it's time for an intervention whenever I see NBD I immediately think of you. :)
  9. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    I have a problem. Admitting it is the first step.

    But, I'm working overtime this weekend to make up the difference so I don't feel so bad.
  10. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    You've been snagging some real gems those E-series basses are phenomenal.
  11. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    You need somebody to phone in and say a relative died? ;)

    Your are really waffling on the whole fretless thing, huh?

    Looks like a nice bass, I really like the grain on the fretboard. Now, like I said last time, when is it getting coated with epoxy and some rounds? :D
  12. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    I'm a waffler.

    It'll get coated when I can find someone who'll do it. I stink at grownup work.

    I got a set of Dean Markley SR2000's that I was planning on putting on it, but I'm really digging these GHS flats (if that's what they are). I still can't plug it in till I get home so we'll see.
  13. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    Definitely pay a pro to do it! I de-fretted a neck once, that part was easy. The epoxy was a long struggle to my final defeat. I had a hell of a time getting a proper radius on the neck. I might try it again one day, but probably not. Thankfully, I received the mangled bass as payment for playing a gig on short notice, so I really was not out much.
  14. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    Finally! A jazz bass with no ugly routing so it can go pickguardless. The only problem is the screw holes are a bit wonky and the wood underneath is showing. I need to clean it up, but what do you all think? Leave it off?
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  15. Happynoj

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    Low-tech solution - a bit of black sharpie in the screw holes should make them pretty invisible from more than a couple of feet away.

    Definitely stick with the PG-less look.
  16. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

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    or just black screws, I have some, if you wanna take the F out to Brooklyn:D
  17. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    Kind of you to offer. I'll probably take the sharpie route.
  18. JimmyThunder

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    another vote for guard off with black screws
    gives the clean guardless look with a subtle nod to the guard, silhouette style
  19. Major Softie

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    Or just go to a black pickguard.
  20. TN WOODMAN

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    I ply or b/w/b guard would look good. ( or tort )

    I have SCNs in one of my Fretless jazz with a series / parallel pull volume pot and love the sound of this bass.

    Glad you 're giving Fretless another go . I love the option of playing frets or no .
  21. Tbone76

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    It looks great without the pg, imo. Congrats! Are the fret dots on the side of the board lined up at the approximate fret point, or in-between like a fretted bass?

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