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I'm in the process of defretting my bass.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Tryxx, Nov 5, 2005.


  1. Tryxx

    Tryxx Sputnik Forums: Bass Mod

    Jun 1, 2005
    Hurst, Texas.
    This was my first time to do ANYTHING like this. And it was a random and somewhat spur of the moment decision. (I thought it Jaco-esque.) I grabbed one of my basses, a screw driver, pliers, clothes iron, tape, and a hammer.

    This is a very amature and botched job, but so far this is how things have progressed.

    To get an idea of how easy or difficult this was going to be, I just decided to do a few frets at a time. I used a technique to somewhat chisel them out.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/game101/Bass Stuff/P1010023.jpg

    I thought that was going well, so I continued, tell:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/game101/Bass Stuff/P1010026.jpg

    I should have noticed before hand, but it was only after sanding that I noticed the dings in the fretboard:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/game101/Bass Stuff/P1010030.jpg
    (Sorry, I don't have pictures after sanding.)

    After going from grains 80-120-180-240-300 on the board, I started with the wood filler. I applied it with just my finger, literally rubbing it into the frets.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/game101/Bass Stuff/P1010031.jpg

    Once satisfied with that, I sanded once more paying a lot of care and attention to detail. (Well, as much as I could at this point.) And applied my first coat of polyurethane.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/game101/Bass Stuff/P1010034.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/game101/Bass Stuff/P1010035.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/game101/Bass Stuff/P1010036.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/game101/Bass Stuff/P1010038.jpg

    I'm going to apply a second, and maybe even a third coat, but I haven't gotten that far yet. In the meantime I've purchased these supplies, awaiting for the finished product.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/game101/Bass Stuff/P1010039.jpg