godin a4 fretless question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kkaarrll, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. kkaarrll


    Jun 1, 2014
    I like em, but don't want the thumbrest all down the top of it. How hard would that be to remove?

  2. kkaarrll


    Jun 1, 2014
    anyone have an idea?
  3. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    Hm, no idea. I was in the opposite predicament with my fretless. It had no magnetic pickups and I had to add a full length thumb rest. Good luck to ya. Hopefully it's not glued....
  4. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    I think they are glued.
    Some one may chime in here on TB.
    Try Godin customer service.
  5. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    Pretty sure they're glued on. Good luck removing it without removing a big chunk from the top.

    Older A4's didn't have the rest, but I think they didn't have the magnetic pickup, either.
  6. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    The Godin Acoustibass (which was the forerunner of the A4) had two screws holding it, and was easy to remove. The new ones are glued last I heard. I'd have a luthier look at it rather than try to do it yourself.

    This is mine:

  7. NG51

    NG51 Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    I had an A5 Ultra, and it was glued. I don't know if removing it might damage the finish. You might check to see if you could order it without- Godin is pretty good about that,I hear.
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  8. mp40smg


    Aug 11, 2010
    Worcester, Ma.
    It is likely that they attached the rest to the face (with glue) and then sprayed laquer over the entire thing.
    This would make the glue and the clear coat what is holding it to the body .

    My guess is that if you remove the rest then there would be only glue directly on the face and NO finish under that strip. Meaning you would likely need to have the whole top stripped and refinished. Not a cheap thing to do.

    But it might be possible that they sprayed the top and while it was still wet stuck the rest on (the sticky paint acting as the glue). If that is the case, you might be able to get away with heating it up a little and see if it can be easily removed. But, then you are like to still have a really "off" strip on the face of where the rest was as the UV exposure as well as the texture of the finish is different.
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