Fret to Fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by alembicfive, Jul 12, 2003.

  1. alembicfive


    Jan 17, 2003
    A while back I had picked up a new Dean Edge Q 6-string to play around with. I very nice bass for the money, nice quilted top, EMG PU's and a punchy sound. My only complaint was the string spacing was a bit tight. About 5 months later I got a Carvin Anniversary Series 6-String (LB76A).

    Now that is one hell of a bass! Flamed maple.....Well that could be a whole other thread. The big plus is the string spacing, wider then the Dean, much easier to slap on. need for the Dean. After many trys to sell it on Ebay and else where I gave up. So, if I am going to keep it, might as well rip the frets off! And so I did....

    A local shop here in Florida did the work, took out the frets and layed in maple lines. I say must, I am glad I did! That bass sounds awesome as a fretless (as good as my other fretless basses)! Nice growl and punch, and since I really do not slap on a fretless, the string spacing is not a issue. The only thing I'll have to watch is the rosewood fretboard for wear. So lesson here.....There is always a way to breath new life in a un-wanted bass!!
  2. I need to learn how to play fretless without lines's gonna take a bit
  3. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Its actually not as hard as you may think. I own a fretless with lines, and just glancing at the dots on a regular unlined fretless is usually enough to keep my intonation decent when I try one out.
  4. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    put like 9 coats of polyurothane on it. I did it to my fretless, and it is now bullet proof. I would shoot it with a 50 times pumped pellet gun.