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***? Fretted and fretless in one

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jvbjr, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. ooooh. Pretty.


    Don't think I've heard of them before. Nice basses. I would have opted for the fretless on the bottom half.

    - Dave
  2. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    Similar things have been around for a while. this one was sold by Bass Alone several years ago...

  3. nemo


    Mar 19, 2004
  4. Timbo


    Jun 14, 2004
    Way perty.
  5. Joe Beets

    Joe Beets Guest

    Nov 21, 2004
    Could I do the same thing on a P-Bass by pulling out every other fret?? :oops:
  6. tekhna


    Nov 7, 2004

    I remember hearing about someone who defretted from the 12th fret up, but I don't remember how it turned out. That just seems like it would cause neck problems.
  7. :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

    wow. sexy!
  8. BassGreaser


    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    if you look closer it looks to be a 4 string, and a 5 string bass in one! Very COOL
  9. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    That's been done by several people also. Not so much as a de-fretting, but from scratch since to do it properly the fretboard after the 12th fret needs to be higher than is for the rest of the neck, otherwise the action on the fretless part above the 12th fret will be VERY high and the 13th fret would be very difficult to hit because the string would be "held up" by the 12th fret wire. So ideally the fretboard from 12th on would be at about the same plane as the crowns of the frets. I know this was done by a few people, but their names escape me right now...
  10. I know Leduc made a guitar which was fretted in the lower frets and fretless higher up, and the fingerboard was raised in the fretless area to match the fretted part. Talk about being a pain to set that one up!

    Defretting the top part of the fingerboard won't cause neck problems as long as the slots are filled.