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Anyone know?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheRagingSwede, Jan 12, 2006.


  1. Does anyone know roughly how much it would cost to convert a fretless bass to a fretted bass? I know some of you may consider this blasphemy, but to me it would be necessary.
     
  2. Kronos

    Kronos

    Dec 28, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    Depends on whether or not you're doing it yourself. If you want to get it professionally done, I think HG Thor does a great job for a decent price.

    If you're doing it yourself, I did mine with absolutely no experience or tools, and I bought everything I needed. I figure I spent probably around $50-$60. There's a great thread about defretting basses here:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=71144

    It's in the Setup and Repair forum.
     
  3. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    It depends. Do you want to do it yourself? Or do you want someone else to?
    If someone else- does your bass have binding?

    If it doesn't have binding, and someone else to do it, probably about 120 bucks. It's pretty inexpensive.

    -Mark
     
  4. I was looking to put frets in, not take them out. But this thread is somewhat useful...
     
  5. Bassconbeatz

    Bassconbeatz Way down low Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Porter Ranch, CA
    It probably cost a bundle if you convert a non-lined fretless to a fretted. I'm thinking maybe $700.00?


    Bassconbeatz
     
  6. Kronos

    Kronos

    Dec 28, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    OOOPS!! Sorry I misread your post. I don't think it'd be really expensive, all the luthier would need is to know what scale your bass is in, and your neck, and then they could put the cuts and the frets in...

    Which, as Mark Wilson said would cost about $120
     
  7. Son of Magni

    Son of Magni

    May 10, 2005
    NH
    Builder: ThorBass
    It will cost you your soul :rolleyes:
     
  8. klocwerk

    klocwerk

    May 19, 2005
    Somerville, MA
    what are you smoking?

    and can I have some? :bag:
     
  9. Bassconbeatz

    Bassconbeatz Way down low Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Porter Ranch, CA

    You "CRACK" me up! :rolleyes:
     
  10. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    If it's a bolt-on, you could buy a new neck.
     
  11. lamborghini98

    lamborghini98 The Aristocrats

    May 1, 2005
    NYC; Portland, OR
    I would just as soon buy a new neck, too. You should probably try and get this thread moved to the luthier's forum regardless.
     
  12. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA
    If it has fret lines, you can have a very skilled tech to do it for around $225 which should include a set up.

    No fret lines, add about $60.

    Please not that the word "skilled" is a very important word in this reply.
     
  13. I'd get a new neck if warwick wasn't evil about such things....:crying:
     
  14. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    As someone said, the luthiers forum will give you the best info, but .....

    It's difficult to have a lined fretless converted, most times the lines installed in the bass will not come out easily, making it very difficult to install the frets. Also, the positioning of the dots on the side of the neck may not line up properly.

    If the neck is unlined, the task becomes somewhat easier, but again, you have some issues with the side dot placement.

    A lot also depends on the value of the bass, the fingerboard material, the scale, bolt-on vs, neck through, etc.