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if i was to go fretless what would be the cheapest way

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Flounder102Bass, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Defretted

    11 vote(s)
  2. Buy a fretless neck

    18 vote(s)
  1. Flounder102Bass


    Jul 6, 2008
    im looking fowerd to go fretless on my fender usa p bass it makes it feel more smooth and no fret buzz but what is cheaper dealing with fretless? thanks for helping me god bless
  2. rfslick


    Dec 31, 2008
    Benicia, CA. USA
    I'm not a fretless player as I sing too much to worry about being in the right position also. However, I don't think I would do that to my only bass. I would find a cheaper bass to try a while to see if that's what I really want to do. Then I would still have the P to go back to. I don't think that most players have that as their only bass. What part of the world do you live?
  3. svt1233


    Jan 15, 2012
    well obviously defret is going to be cheapest because it doesnt involve buying anything. buying a fretless neck means you buy a neck, defret only takes a little work with a screwdriver or knife
  4. rfslick


    Dec 31, 2008
    Benicia, CA. USA
    I think that this is the way to go. It's a minor investment and doesn't leave you without a fretted bass if you wind up not being comfortable with the frettless.
  5. As was mentioned - the CHEAPEST way would be do defret it yourself. I did it to my first bass, and it turned out decent. However, if it's one of your main players, I might recommend buying a fretless neck for a couple of reasons. First, to make sure that it is a quality neck, and second, in case you end up not wanting to keep it fretless, you would still have the original neck that you could swap back on.
  6. But then, you have possibly torn up your bass. A defrett job may cost 150 or so.
    I suggest the SX frettless basses http://www.rondomusic.com/Bassguitarfretless.html
    Then your good bass is still together if it doesn't work out for you :)
  7. I did do a defret job on my first bass a 61 P bass and it still is but, if I had to do it again I would have left it alone, why?
    61 P bass :scowl:
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    ^^^^WRONG. :spit: Using a screwdriver or a knife will result in a a hack job which can destroy the wood on the fretboard...and therefore ruins the value of the entire bass, making it the MOST expensive option.

    It's not expensive in cash to defret a bass correctly, but to do it RIGHT (and there are many threads on here describing the process) takes 10+ hours by the time you're finished, at least the first time you do it. You have to determine the value of your time and the value of learning how to do this. It may be worth it or it may not. When you're done, remember that you have a non-factory fretless bass which is worth less than it was when it had frets.

    Neither a screwdriver or a knife have ANY part in the process. They are completely inappropriate.
  9. Meyatch

    Meyatch Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    Buy fretless neck, sell fretted neck. Free, or you might even make money doing it. And there's very little chance of ending up with a hunk of junk.
  10. Flounder102Bass


    Jul 6, 2008
    if i was gonna defretted i will take it to a professional to do it if is cheaper
  11. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Get a fretless neck. You can always go back to fretted if you change your mind. And unlike buying a fretted neck, there's a lot less fussery to setting one up. You wouldn't have to spend a fortune. So to me, that's the cheaper way to keep your options open. Or, buy the cheapest neck you can find where the frets are beyond hope and defret that.
  12. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    A replacement neck will be cheaper than professional custom work.
  13. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    Buy an old Peavey Foundation and learn how to remove the frets yourself. Nothing particularly wrong with the SX either, but I think the peaveys are more consistent and have better pickups.
  14. Scott in Dallas

    Scott in Dallas Commercial User

    Aug 16, 2005
    Dallas, north Texas
    Builder and Owner: DJ Ash Guitars
    This. Turning a 400 dollar neck into a 100 dollar neck is the quickest way, but not the cheapest.
  15. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    I doubt if that would be the cheapest way since you would devalue a valuable significantly. And fretless P-Bass is an oxymoron.

    There are hundreds of fretless basses for sale of will be for sale this month. Or any month. Take a look around and get one that's already visited the reptile dentist.

  16. rfslick


    Dec 31, 2008
    Benicia, CA. USA
  17. And if it doesn't work out, Craig List that thing or give it to a deserving kid you know :)

    BTW Rondo will get more P basses in if that is the style you like.
  18. Flounder102Bass what part of the country are you in?