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fret markers or dot placement

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by deafman, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. deafman


    Oct 29, 2011
    I am just returning to the bass after a nearly 20 year break. I have a 1978 fretless P bass neck on a J bass body (year unknown). The neck probably doesn't have 5 hours of playing on it, just a few small chips in the varnish from bumping a chair. I would like to have some more dots put on the top of the neck so I can more easily figure where my stiff fingers go. I might even just use a sharpie marking pen. Looking for a paper scale so I can figure out where the dots or marking pen goes. The local music store doesn't want me to pull out a tape measure. Any help wil be appreciated.
  2. If you use http://www.ekips.org/tools/guitar/fretfind2d/, you can export a PDF with the desired scale length, go to a copy shop and plot it on A0 (or whatever size is sufficient). That's the quickest and cheapest way I know of.
  3. deafman


    Oct 29, 2011
    Using my scale of 34.1" I was able to figure out the exact placement. The given measurements line up with the existing octave markers.
  4. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the curmudgeon with a conundrum)

    use a tuner to locate your spots...
  5. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    Also on a fretless I would suggest putting the dots on the fretline not in between, much handier IMHO.