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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by EXH, Jun 18, 2005.
Anyone know where I can find a cheap one?
All the bolt on's I've ever seen are 21 or less and the 24 fret neckthrough's like Alembics and others from smaller luthiers aren't cheap, unless you luck onto a great deal secondhand. I could have missed a few though....
Do you really need 24 frets?
Wow. Not only have I never seen a 24 fret Fender, but I've never seen any bass with three pups... Thank you! Now all I need is money... . What if I buy a 29 3/4" scale 24 fret bass fretboard, and just install that on my Gretsch? I haven't been able to find anything like that, though. The pickup wouldn't even be in the way, either...
Define "cheap"? cortobass.com has the corto classic at $975.
The Stu Hamm is a 32" scale, which most people would call a medium scale.
Unlikely it would work, as the scale is determined by the nut to bridge saddle distance (or nut to 12th fret, x2) and a neck designed and fretted for a particular scale, ie 29.75" when fitted to another bass body probably won't have the scale length correct and so the frets will be in the wrong positions to intonate correctly.
Cheap as in $300 or less.
I'm talking about keeping everything the same, except the fretboard itself. I'd remove the 19 fret fretboard, then put the 24 fret one on where the fretboard was prior. If the scale of the 24 fret fretboard is the same scale as the 19 fret fretboard, wouldn't it work? If not, why? Thank you, by the way.
EXH: if you had a 4 string in mind...
Get a 6-string! You will get the notes you'd find on a 4-string, 24-fret bass... thanks to the string added after G.
Wait... it has to be short scale 6-string...
I'm waiting on my first 6 string, it's in the mail as we speak . I wasn't talking about a short scale 6 string though, just a four string. I love the way my Gretsch plays, but I want 24 frets.
If everything else is the same, that would work. But then you're gonna have to get someone to make it (unless it's available as a spare) and change it over, or get someone else to do it for you. May not be cheap.
OLP MM5. About $US250
How hard do you think it would be to buy some ebony, some fretwire, and make the fretboard myself? Any good wanna-be-luthier websites that anyone knows of?
Nowhere near as easy as you might think. Plus some of the tools can be expensive. Unless you are already a skilled woodworker, it would be far easier to stuff this up than to get it right, possibly damaging your Gretsch permanently in the process. Plus mods like this will destroy any resale value on your current bass.
There is a Luthiers Forum on TB
My bass already has no resale value, haha. There's dings and scratches, and a reeeal big crack in the finish where the neck meets the head.
I don't think I'd be doing any irreparable damage. I'd keep the old fretboard just in case. As long as I am careful, I'd probably be able to return it to it's original state. And, if not, oh well, it was inexpensive in the first place.
This cheap enough?
New product I believe.
I'm seriously thinking about it. I hate the color and shape, and I'd rather have active pups, but beggars can't be choosers...
I haven't been following USA Urges lately, but one did close recently at about $1300...
The Dean in the link that Fealach gave is a bargain...
Well, if you felt like you're up the the woodworking task of making a new fingerboard for your Gretsch, get the Dean and make a new body...that would be much easier and you could us any pickups that you want.
30 inch scale
24 fret neck...
sounds like just what the Dr. [er, EXH anyway] ordered...