Defret problem? (pic)

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Linkert, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. Linkert


    Oct 24, 2006

    I'm thinking that i might defret my Ibanez Artcore AGB140 when i buy a new bass because i think it might have a super sweet fretless tone.
    The AGB140 got binding on the neck that might be a problem?
    The frets goes in to the binding and i wonder if this is going to be a problem when defretting?

    Here is a picture to show what i mean (taken with cellphone..)
  2. brendanbass

    brendanbass Guest

    Oct 20, 2006
    hmmm, i dunno i defretted my bass (didn't have the binding) and didn't have any problems, i suppose if you mess up you can just take it in to your local music dealer (not guitar center) and they can fix whatever you mess up. Course if you don't mess up then you're already out ahead, b/c you dont have to pay someone to defret your bass for you!

    I can't see how that'd be a problem, i say go for it.


    on second thought wait for someone who does ;)
  3. Linkert


    Oct 24, 2006
    I defretted a old beginner guitar for a friend without bindings and it was fine. The thing is that i don't know how the bindings might react to heat, some force and pulling..
  4. normally (and most likely in your case, too) the frets don't actually go "into" the binding...rather the tangs are cut back so the fret slots actually END at the binding and the fret tops overhang on top of the binding...

    yes, be careful, if using heat to soften the fret, use a soldering iron and keep the heat oriented towards the MIDDLE of the fretboard...
  5. uethanian


    Mar 11, 2007
    i was taking a bound fingerboard off a guitar and heres what i can say (although it made no difference whether or not i saved the binding)

    the seam between the binding and the fingerboard isn't very strong so unless you're really gently, it can come undone. and the binding material itself can also be very brittle and weak.

    but as mentioned, the fret tang (if it was fretted correctly) does not go into the binding. so as long as you're careful, theres no problem
  6. Linkert


    Oct 24, 2006
    Aight! I'll do it as soon as i get my self another bass.