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is it possible to remove fretlines on an SX

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by ghostjs, Apr 4, 2009.


  1. ghostjs

    ghostjs

    Aug 14, 2008
    ghostjs
    Unofficially Endorsing: D'Addario, Lakland
    is it? im thinkin bout getting a Fretless P bass off of rondo and i was hoping to sand off the fretlines. im plannning on getting one with a Maple fretboard
     
  2. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    OH/WV
    Im sure it is, but it would be a lot of work for an SX, price wise.
     
  3. ghostjs

    ghostjs

    Aug 14, 2008
    ghostjs
    Unofficially Endorsing: D'Addario, Lakland
    hmm what kinda steps would i need to do?
     
  4. It is possible, but you can't just sand them off. Imagine the slots left from the frets. The fret lines are just strips of wood filling those slots.

    Your options would be to either clear out the slots and re-fill them with matching wood, or do an epoxy/ebonized covering to make the whole fretboard dark. There is a great example of the ebonizing in one of the threads in this section... I'll try to find it for you.
     
  5. Brick Top

    Brick Top

    Dec 7, 2008
    Michigan
    I don't like the fret lines on the fretless SX's either. I was looking at the Douglas they have without fret lines. A few more bucks...but looks like decent build quality. Might save you money and time in the long run.

    Cheers,
    BT
     

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