Where can I get a cheap fretless neck for my SX Jazz?

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  1. prokfrog

    prokfrog

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    It doesn't look like Rondo will be getting any for months. Does anyone know where I can get a fretless neck that will fit the SX pocket on the cheap?

    Thanks
  2. 39-Bassist

    39-Bassist

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    check Mightymite....not too expensive...or ebay..sometimes you get lucky.
  3. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

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    For a few bucks more, you can get a whole fretless bass from Rondo.
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  4. wild4oldcars

    wild4oldcars

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    i was thinking the same thing
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  6. prokfrog

    prokfrog

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    LOL. no doubt. Its a perception thing. ......."YOU BOUGHT ANOTHER GUITAR??????!!!!!" "YOU HAVE GUITARS ALL OVER THIS HOUSE!!!!!"

    it will just make life a little easier...
  7. Miskatonic

    Miskatonic

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    Give her the actual cost analysis breakdown of the two scenarios just to show her you're trying to be practical instead of a gear junkie. Maybe she'll appreciate it? :bag:
  8. prokfrog

    prokfrog

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    doesnt work anymore. We've been together 30 years. Shes heard it all....

    But perhaps I got one more go left in me..:cool:
  9. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

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    You can also check Guitarfetish.com for inexpensive parts.
  10. Justice

    Justice

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    1) Buy new fretless from Rondo
    2) Switch necks on the two basses
    3) Sell previously fretless bass with fretted neck
    4) ???
    5) Profit!
  11. Maxdusty

    Maxdusty Supporting Member

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    Sell your bass and get a fretless. That's what my wife would tell me (and has).
  12. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings Supporting Member

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    Yep. One comes in. One goes out.
  13. basspedaler

    basspedaler Supporting Member

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    if you are still looking, let me know. I have the coolest SX jazz fretless! It looks like a Marcus.
    Seriously, it will cost you less than most necks, and it plays good. the pickups just kill!
  14. bassbenj

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    Wrong idea. Buy the new bass from Rondo and put the neck your bass then put the rest of the bass in a box as "bass parts". At a later time you can find a neck at Rondo or Ebay and restore the bass parts to a whole bass again and life stays easy! :)
  15. Flad

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    I've been shopping for necks on and off for a while now, both fretless and regular (actually the fretless is the regular...but anyway...). As far as I know you wont find any of the "cheap" SX or GFS type necks that comes fretless. You'll have to go with the higher priced "retail" places like warmoth or mightymite and by the time you pay for one of those you can buy 2 SXs from rondo.com.
  16. hover

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    5 dollar pair of Harbor Freight end nippers, some veneer, glue, sandpaper and some sweat equity and you will have yourself a fretless.
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  17. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

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    I concur with this post.
  18. Flad

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    I have a pair of the Harbor Freight end nippers right here in my hand (pittsburgh branded, orange handles). There's no way this thing can get under a fret. It will have to be modified to be of any use pulling frets. You should include this disclaimer when giving this advise, Not everyone has a grinding wheel to mod the tool. (by the way I think I paid more like $2, anyway...they wont work right off the shelf.)
  19. -Asdfgh-

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    I've heard it also works best if you use a soldering iron to heat the frets first. Not that I would want to attempt it although once I saw a pair of Fender Jazz 5s for sale and considered buying both and getting SOMEONE ELSE to defret one of them. I'd just end up with a bass body and some firewood and spare tuners.
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  20. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

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    Getting someone else to defret would cost as much as just buying a fretless SX, though - maybe two. I defretted my Aria Pro II and I'm all thumbs. If I can do it, anyone can. It's really not that hard, as long as you read up first - threads here and elsewhere cover it pretty well.
  21. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

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    Yeah the standard nippers you need to grind down to work - some of the threads on defretting mention this. But you can get a pair that DON'T need to be ground down, they come all ready to use, for maybe $12-15 online.

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