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Fretless Luthier

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Warpeg, May 31, 2007.

  1. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Can anyone suggest a luthier for:

    1. Taking off a maple fretted fingerboard and replacing it with a lined fretless ebony fingerboard

    2. Defretting a maple fingerboard, insert black fret lines, and epoxy the board

    I live in Ohio but don't mind shipping my neck/bass away. Anyone have an idea on an average price for either of these?
  2. Manual_Combat


    Jan 20, 2005
    sorry i can't guide you to a luthier who can do it, but i i'm sure the board and i can help you out in terms of defretting.

    it isn't a very painful process.
    changing the fretboard on the other hand you'd probably want to send to a professional
  3. I don't know who would change a fretboard for you. From what I've heard, it isn't very easy to do and would probably be pretty expensive.

    Converting to a fretless (with inlaid lines) is something that I know Mike Lull does. He quotes it at "$280 and up". There's a walk through here so you can see how he does it. Very cool! :)

    http://www.mikelull.com/fretless conversion/conversion1.htm
  4. spc


    Apr 10, 2004
    South of Boston
  5. Nelson Guitars

    Nelson Guitars

    Aug 14, 2006
    Novato California
    Custom builder
    I am in California but I do that sort of stuff all the time.


    Those are just markers not frets.

    E-mail me at nelson_luthier@comcast.net if you would like to discuss the options.

    Greg N
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