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Putty on the frets - is that normal?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Biodome, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Biodome

    Biodome Guest

    Apr 16, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    I already asked this question on my "Hey I got a new bass, look at me!" post, but since I didn't get any questions and am increasingly curious about it, here it is again:

    On the sides of my fretboard, it looks like several/most of the frets were gone over with wood putty of some sort before the neck was finished - is this normal?


  2. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    Pretty common on Fender.
  3. its just to fill the gap in the cuts for the fret wire, no big deal.

    it should be fine in the long run, maple boards get varnished but im not sure about rosewood ones as thats normally just left un finished
  4. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI

    That's not putty!!!
  5. Biodome

    Biodome Guest

    Apr 16, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    LOL, thanks. I wasn't sure if it was a result of someone being a little too liberal making room for the frets or whatnot. Regardless, I still love it and I'll play it till the cows come home... I sure do miss those cows.
  6. That comment added 30% back to your homo-erotic meter... :eek:
  7. Laklandlover

    Laklandlover Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA BABY
    My ex-wife is available is you need a cow.:eyebrow:

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