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NBD Defretted Ibanez

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GrandLowBass, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. GrandLowBass

    GrandLowBass Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2012
    My first bass is new again! Got her defretted, the fret slots filled with maple, the board tung oiled. Muah!

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  2. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    Looks like a great job! Nothing like making something old "new" again.

    I'm not a fretless fingerboard expert by any means, but I've had bodies that were tung oiled and I don't remember the finish being particularly hard or durable.
  3. Marton


    Sep 20, 2005
    Tung oil isn't durable, but is really easy to touch up.
  4. mfbolton

    mfbolton Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    Very nice. Who did the work?
  5. GrandLowBass

    GrandLowBass Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2012
    I originally planned to do the work myself but since I've never defretted and I'm pretty busy, I had a local luthier take care of it. Faster and more professional. Plus, his asking price was fair for the job. But I will defret a bass on my own someday!
  6. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009

    I'm considering defretting my Ibby 506 as well. I think that should have some great possibilities!

    Have you had much time to form an opinion of the new fretless tone compared to the original fretted tone?
  7. GrandLowBass

    GrandLowBass Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2012
    I've logged quite a few hours on it already and I love it. The tone has changed very little. I find the front pickup more useable now than before (although I don't know why), but still prefer the burpiness of the bridge. I think the overall tonal quality of the instrument is well-suited for fretless. I find it to be very warm and expressive, surprisingly. I'm not sure how my SRX would compare to your SR506 since your pickups are Barts (I think?) and mine are made by Ibanez. But if you like the tone of your 506 and want fretless, go for it!