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For all people planning on defretting.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by alx564, Nov 22, 2000.

  1. alx564


    Jul 31, 2000
    Emmaus, PA
    Hey Everyone,

    Well I just defretting my first bass and it is wonderful. It plays well and is cosmetically beautiful.

    I used two websites.

    http://www.mikelull.com/fretless conversion/conversion1.htm and http://sgdesign.simplenet.com/sean/Miscellany/Defretting/defretting.html

    Each one can give advice. I just wanted to post this to show all the people my age, 14, who don't want to spend a lot of money on professional defretting or a new fretless bass. All together I spent $21 and I shopped at a hardware store that overcharges.

    Also before defretting check all the post at Talk Bass forums. Make sure to be careful and take your time. Please don't just decide that one day you want a frettless and do it without a plan. If you take your time you can do it without hurting your fingerboard at all. I have one or two blemishes on mine but they aren't really noticeable.

    Just wanted to help some fellow bass players out.

    [Edited by alx564 on 11-22-2000 at 06:19 PM]
  2. Well,...:tapping foot: Let's see it :)
  3. alx564


    Jul 31, 2000
    Emmaus, PA
    Sorry I would post a pic but I can't. I don't have a digital camera. Or a scanner for that matter.
  4. outofthere


    Oct 18, 2000
    Yeh I followed the same instructions a while back and gave my squier a new personality. Came out pretty good.

    I saw a new Yamaha TRB 5 Fretless in a shop not long ago. Strangely it appeared to have be defretted - don't they just *not* put the frets in? and even stranger was the fact that the job looked no better than mine and appeared to be with the same rosewood putty.

    The salesguy assured me that was how it was supposed to be and that it was stock defretted. I have my doubts.
  5. swifticus


    Jan 1, 2001
    I just wanted to alert anybody interested in defretting that http://www.bassplayer.com also has some info about converting a fretted bass to a fretless. It's under the Gear section of their site.

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