5-String Fretless here I come!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Matt Till, Jun 18, 2003.

  1. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    OK. I ripped the frets out of a bass. Stupidly got paint on the pickups... they sucked anyway... so I ripped them out. When I ripped the pickups out... with a screwdriver... I damaged the body. There is now a little extra room for pickups. I took all the paint off, so now it's just wood.

    I'm going to take it to a repair shop to avoid future problems, here's what I want.

    - New pickups/electronics, what should I ask for on a fretless bass? The area next to the pickups I ripped up needs fixed too.

    - Even the neck out - I did an OK job, but it could be better.

    - Stain the body - what should I ask for, I want it lookin'/soundin' purty.

    - Get it setup - strings, intonation, action, truss rod, all that jazz.

    How much do you think this will run me?

    NEXT BASS. My Peavey T-40 buzzes/clips most of the time, or is just silent. Do you think it just needs wiring help or is it the pickups? Thanks for the help.

  2. If I were to estimate the work needed it would go something like this:

    Replace pickups - $25 + cost of pups
    True fretless neck - $25
    Refinish body - $75-$100 - a little more if I had to remove the old finish
    Complete setup - Free w/other work + cost of new strings

    So it comes to between $125 and $150 + parts. But just about anywhere it could be less or more.
  3. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    When it comes to pickups/etc, is there anything I should recommend. I'm hoping for some mwahish fretlessness.
  4. The tone you want comes mainly from the setup and not so much from the pups. It's that extra low action and an extremely flat fingerboard that makes the growl. I've heard it on the most expensive Bartolini's and the cheapest Samicks.
  5. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Thanks hammy, I'm hopefully going to the shop tommorow! :cool: :bassist: