Defret guide help

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Zoop Soup, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. Zoop Soup

    Zoop Soup

    Mar 21, 2013
    I'm considering asking my grandfather (an excellent craftsman with a lot of free time :D ) if he'd defret my bass, and was wondering if you guys could give this guide I found a look and see if I could tell him to base his work off this guy.

    If it matters, it's a Yamaha RBX170.

    Please add your own tips and help alongside the stated help :)
  2. Zoop Soup

    Zoop Soup

    Mar 21, 2013
    Stupidly didn't notice the stickied forum above, will be deleting this if I can figure it out
  3. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    o/o Richard Bales Restorations, and Instrument Technician, Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto

    Please follow the stickie. The defretting in the link you posted is a real hack job, poorly done. Never use wood filler to fill the fret slots.
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member


    That link does indeed have some of the worst instructions I have seen.

    If a defret guide has any of these words in it, RUN AWAY:

    - Hammer
    - Screwdriver
    - Wood filler

    None of them have any uses whatsoever in doing a proper defret.
  5. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    You think that maybe it's a joke? I mean, really...
  6. devnulljp


    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Depending on the bass, it's often cheaper (and always easier :D) to follow this set of instructions:

    1. Buy replacement fretless bass neck
    2. Replace fretted neck with said fretless bass neck
    3. Play fretless bass
    4. Sell fretted neck if happy with it