Maple fretless?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GREGofTEMPLATE, Jul 5, 2003.

  1. I've aquired an old Ibanez RoadKing. I stripped the body & defretted it(my first time). I routed for two Carvin hb4 (musicman) humbuckers. Polyurethaned the whole neck. Now I'm just waiting on pickguard material, then I can assemble it. But now that I think about it, I've never seen a fretless with a maple neck. Is it going to sound too bright? Has anyone else done this? How did it turn out?
  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    maple is more succeptible to denting and wearing and dirt than is the rosewood. It will be brighter. But with flats, you should have no problem with most of this. You might want to consider what I saw someone do to a fretless on this site. Use mylar sheet to coat the fingerboard. get some really high quality adhesive, and try that. It will probably soften up the sound a bit, but provide a hard shell for the fingerboard.
  3. I appreciate it. Another question, should I throw in any phase switches or coil tap switches.
    Keep in mind this is a fretless. Or leave it jazz-type, volume volume tone.:meh:
  4. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    now that depends on personal preference. If you want to do the coil tapping, do it. I would. It would allow you to get a bit more of that traditional jazz tone. Phase is not so great. I liked it on guitar, but not on a bass. Just doesn't seem very useful. Why take out the bottom end by out of phasing? Just stop playing and the guitars take it. You are the low end. Keep it that way;) :p

    Anyways, post some pics. I wanna see this thing!
  5. Disclaimer: If you have a heart condition you should look away!
  6. here is another. (CAREFUL - IT BITES!)
  7. Hey, Im dead serious when I say thats really cool looking. Im modding the crap out of a yamaha my friend gave to me because it was unplayable (no truss rod nut, horrible job defretting, badass bridge with screw broken off inside bass, unslotted and badly installed).

    Are you going to put the pickgaurd back on? (I assume there was one from the dirt trails) Or just clean it up and leave it?

    I personally think it might look a little little plain minus a pickgaurd, but either way awsome stuff man.[​IMG]
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I like the pickguard shape you have drawn on it. It's not too hard to imagine this looking really great once you get a finish on it.
  9. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Are you gonna refinish with color, or just slap some finish (poly, nitro, oil, whatever) and leave it natural?

    Also, what color is the pickgaurd going to be?
  10. Just got back from the hospital...I saw it and had a heart attack!
  11. my paint and pickguard scheme:

    white body with tortise guard or

    black body & black pearloid

    the white & tortise matches my tele but the black & black match my other two basses. I think I'll lean to the white & tortise. The cool thing about this bass is that it has a Badass II bridge & I got the bass for $50.
  12. definitely go with the white finish. that thing will be badass-tastic!
  13. I've made money with worse looking basses than that. I think it looks kinda cool just like it is. I think, however, it will look really cool when you're done with it. I've seen a few old Fender P fretless with maple necks.
  14. tim99

    tim99 Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    My vintage white strat with tortise pickguard. I like this look.
  15. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Son, there seems to be something wrong with your bass...
  16. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I vote white/tortoise, if you give a big hairy rat sass.
  17. I thought you might be interested in this fretless maple neck that an acquaintance of mine in Switzerland plays. It's a completely stock 73 P Bass, unlined fretless maple neck. Brian swears by it - plays it through a Sadowsky outboard.

  18. Thats a beauty. My main bass is a Mex p-bass.
    I originally installed a humbucker at the bridge.
    It really brightened up the stock sound.

    But in this fretless, I using two. I just hope it isnt too bright.

    Here's a picture of my Precision.
    $125.00 bought the bass from a friend
    $90.00 Carvin HB4 humbucker
    $60.00 Hipshot dtuner
    $40.00 Fender pickguard
    $215.00 If it stolen or broken I'd be sad,
    but I wouldn't have to remortage
    for another.
  19. Wolfehollow


    Jan 21, 2003
    Pensacola, FL
    I just had a bass built with a maple fretless board and I love it!!!