Defretting a MusicMan Sabre

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Irie01, Mar 6, 2005.

  1. Irie01


    Jan 22, 2002
    I currently own a beautiful 80's Sabre..Completely stock parts.I have really been thinking about making it fretless.The neck and fingerboard is a beautiful birdseye maple. It is an older bass and may eventually need fretwork done but I would really like to have a fretless sound.My concerns are that I don't want to mess up the wood of the fingerboard.Also, I am not very familar with luthier work and I do not know this process.WHat do I fill the slots with?I think I can figure that out through a search but what are things to use on a maple fingerboard to possibly have darker slots?WIll I nees to sand the board and coat it with something?Also, Will this effect the type of string I need to use.Will I have to use flatwound?All I have seen or heard of this was Jaco talk about in his Modern Electric Bass video.I would not attempt this by myself just to let you know, I'd find someone who does this work. I would appreciate your thoughts and comments.