Filing down frets

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by rhinestone, Jan 17, 2004.

  1. rhinestone


    Jan 5, 2004
    I got a new Fender American Jazz Bass a few months ago, and my old Hamer Slammer has been sitting in my room for a couple of months now. I'm thinking about defretting it, but I had a question about this. Couldn't you "defret" a bass by filing down the frets to the level of the fretboard?

    This way, the frets would act as wood fillings would (if you defretted it), and the neck wouldn't bend or anything because it hasn't physically changed.

    Would this work and would it give the same effect?
  2. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    That is actually one of the "other" methods for defretting a bass. I have seen or heard of it being done quite a few times before.
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I'd still prefer heating the frets and then removing them. Less tedious, and you can refret the neck much easier later on.
  4. What they said...