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Bill Conklin: GT7 woods, conversion, etc

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by nikki_k, Apr 21, 2002.

  1. nikki_k

    nikki_k the i9 project

    Apr 19, 2002
    Portland, Or
    Hi! A bunch of questions. Every fretless I have seen has an ebony fretboard. Any other woods used? How common? How does it affect tone and wear?
    I want a 7-string fretless, but cannot afford a custom :( , and the "affordable" ones, ala Groove Tools, are near impossible to find. Also, one of the GT-7 fretless colors has been discontinued, and new ones are supposedly few and far between. Checked with almost every dealer listed on Conklins site, no one has one.
    The fretted versions are pretty easy to come by, but have purpleheart boards. How would that wood be for a fretless? Suggestions for removing the frets without "injuring" the board? Filling the slots after? Care after defretting, and playing as a fretless?
    No good luthiers that I know of around where I live (SW Florida), so it would have to be sent out for work, or try myself. Thanks for any and all help with this! Nikki :)

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