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defretted maple neck?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by project_c, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. project_c


    May 8, 2008
    London, UK
    Considering buying an old Fender maple neck that's been defretted, so I can fill the slots and end up with a lined fretless maple neck. The neck seems to be in decent condition for its age.

    Is there anything I should look out for, or any reason why this would be a bad idea? I will ask a luthier to fill the gaps, I won't do it myself, and i'd just like to end up with a fretless lacquered Fender maple neck, but with lines.
  2. Matthijs


    Jul 3, 2006
    For most use just a lacquered finish won't be enough protection from string wear. You might get by for some time with a soft touch and flatwounds, but it would be better to do a ca or epoxy finish. Otherwise I see no problems. I think maple fretless necks look really good, but sound best with a good epoxy top. And you'll have absolute freedom in string choice.
  3. project_c


    May 8, 2008
    London, UK
    Thanks! I'd be using it with tapewound strings so the damage will be minimal, but then again I dig in quite hard. I'll get a decent luthier to get it sorted in any case.

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