Post-Defretting fillers

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Davidoc, Mar 2, 2001.

  1. I am considering defretting my bass, and would like advice (pros/cons) for different fretspot filler material.
  2. Simply put, if it works it's good, if it doesn't, it isn't:)

    There are several materials that work well and it will boil down to personal preference as to what to use. If you want the fretted line appearance, you can use styrene sheet, birch veneer, or other light colored strips for filling the old slots. If you want a factory fretless look, you could use dark wood fillers from your hardware store, or make your own with rosewood dust from a piece of scrap. Now, here is an interesting tip if you don't have a piece of scrap rosewood laying around. Try using the dust from hard fiberboard. This is the dark brown, thin material that is sometimes perforated as pegboard. This dust is easy to make with a saw, is about the right color, and is cheap to make. Mix a quantity into a long set epoxy until it is brown but easily spread and fill your slots. There are other recipes for fretslot filler made this way from other materials that you can get if you go over to the Musical Instrument Makers Forum at

    Hope this helps