Does this bass neck look ok to buy?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by light blue bass, Apr 23, 2020.

  1. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Looks like it's been used and the frets have been pulled. Not necessarily bad, but something you should be aware of. Fret pulling looks like a better than average job (it's not easy).
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  2. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    You will want to fill those fret slots. I used styrene strips when I did mine, but there are other methods out there.



    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Hard pass from me, you could do better.
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  4. cholyoke

    cholyoke Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2016
    Rubber City
    Saw that listing this morning.

    From the ad: Frets holes patched with a Black hard plastic wood.

    You'll have to saw out the crappy fill that doesn't completely fill the fret slots and replace with something better. At 49+ shipping, maybe it is a good learning experience to saw the junk out and replace with strips of wood/plastic. Or maybe not.
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  5. Have any tips on doing this? (filling the fret slots)
    For the price, I'm fine with it being a learning experience.
  6. So your saying the fret pulling does not look to bad?
  7. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    To be totally correct, It's better than what I've done or can do. So yea.
    The price is worth the gamble. Don't you think?
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  8. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    The only reason to buy this neck is to practice your luthier repair skills. There are really big chunks of wood missing along the edge of the fingerboard and gouges on the face from tools, obviously an artifact from very poorly removed frets. And @Warpeg is right about needing to clean out and properly fill the fret slots. If you're up to the task, it might be an interesting learning experience, but for a few bucks more you can get a new one on ebay.
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  9. BoomBoomOGTL

    BoomBoomOGTL Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2012
    York SC
    Well, somebody bought it today...
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  10. cholyoke

    cholyoke Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2016
    Rubber City
    If you are the one that bought it, good luck on your fretless adventure! If not, I'm sure there will be more bad defrets to learn repairs on in the future.

    Everything I learned about pulling frets and filling came from this thread:

    Defretting ?

    And this how to that Dan Erlewine did for StewMac:

    Dan Erlewine's Facebook fretless bass |

    And making my own mistakes. I used a thin plastic sheet and super glue to fill the slots. The sheet filled most of the slots and the superglue holds it in place. I essentially did everything in the Erlewine how-to. It worked well.
  11. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
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  12. micguy


    May 17, 2011
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  14. InhumanResource

    InhumanResource Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    Bucks County, PA
    At this price I would take a chance on one of those 60 dollar eBay necks instead. Some folks here have used them if I remember correctly.
  15. Looks like firewood to me.
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  16. I bought and am up for the task! I think this is an experience to have. I started researching a lot today!.
    Just wondering how good would it sound no work done though?... (I personally love the old look it has)
    But will be repairing it.
    Thanks for the info guys!
    ill keep you updated. :thumbsup:
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  17. JZQuantum


    Oct 12, 2008
    A serious NO. You can find a neck on ebay for the same price with frets that you can then defret it. Or just buy a fretless neck for the same price.

    That neck has chunks of wood missing. :roflmao:
  18. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    It's not a fretless neck...and it's trashed as all hell. Dude completely destroyed this thing when he pulled his frets out. Just do the same thing. I bet you can do a whole lot better than he did
  19. SO how do you think it would sound though. Putting aside the looks.