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converting phenolic board to fretless

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by godoze, Jan 2, 2003.

  1. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    happy new year every one !

    Have any of you ever converted a phenolic fingerboard to fretless ? if so , how much more labor intensive is it from doing a wooden board (not that I would do it myself...) ?

  2. We had a poster in Setup that did that several months ago. Seems that it went pretty well. I volunteered to do it for him but he was hellbent on doing it himself. If done with patience, I could see it being even a little easier than wood - no splintering or chipping. Filling wouldn't be a prob either. Black epoxy would be nearly invisible after sanding.
  3. Chace90

    Chace90 Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Is a phenolic fingerboard made of phenowood? I'd like to defret a Zon and phenowood is what their fingerboards are made of. Is this possible?
  4. I defretted mt Cort Curbow several months ago and it has an ebanol fingerboard, so i think that means me. The frets came out really easy after being heated with no chips. I used toenail clippers wich worked very well. I filled the slots with white epoky and coated the board with polyurethane.