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Defretting a bass with a 0 fret

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pesci1313, Jun 1, 2002.


  1. i am(not now but in the future) contemplating defretting my MTD beast because i think it'd make a killer fretless, but i want something a little different out of a fretted bass. will it be any different for having this bass defretted since it has a 0 fret, will the nut handle an open string alright?, or will i want to get a new nut? thanks
     
  2. bassmanjones

    bassmanjones

    Feb 23, 2002
    Boston, MA
    I had it done to a bass I used to have and you will want to get a new nut. Even if the openings in the spacer make it sit just right you'll still want a real nut for the tone and sustain.
     
  3. coyoteboy

    coyoteboy easy there, Ned Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2000
    Sactomato, CA
    Also, the new nut will have to be moved to the 0 fret position, if the fretless is going to be lined, which I think is most common with defretted basses.
     
  4. membranophone

    membranophone

    Mar 19, 2000
    Madison, WI
    Why not leave the zero fret and nut alone and take out all of the other frets?
     
  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I defretted one of my Steinberger Spirits, and left the zero fret alone. I was prepared to file it way down, but it's set up just fine the way it is.