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Fretless neck: Lined or unlined?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by TimWinter, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. TimWinter


    Jan 17, 2008
    Saluda, NC
    I am having a bass built and wondering one thing about the nature of a fretless fingerboard. Forgive me if I missed a thread about this; looked and did not find. Is it "better" to have an unlined f.b. as opposed to a lined? Are there any tonal bugaboos with lines if done well? Over time is there a problem with any creep of the lines as to need a "fretline dressing"?
  2. doctorjazz


    Oct 22, 2006
    Wilmington, NC
    I've never heard of any problems like except occasionally with really poorly lined necks where the lines will pop up and cause high spots, buzzing, etc.
  3. I started with an unlined and later went to a lined. Just easier to play for me. I've had no trouble with the lines themselves(All-Parts lined ebony).

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