Removing fret lines

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by 5stringDNA, Mar 19, 2003.

  1. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    I'm fairly sure I am going to buy s Spector Piezo Q5 very soon here, but I have one problem with it. The fretless model only comes with white fretlines, and I really find fretlines rather ugly. Do any of you have experience removing painted fretlines from fingerboards? The luthier I go to charges very reasonable rates and does nice work, so I think I would take it to him to have it done, rather than mess up a new instrument doing it myself. What all labor would be involved in the process, and how much do you think this would cost? (approximately)

    Thanx- Byron
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    If they're painted on there, I would think the board could be sanded down. An hour or a couple hours is a conservative estimate, assuming your luthier can match the radius of the existing board.

    If the lines are inlaid, then things get hairy. That's a job I would not take, myself.
  3. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    I'm quite sure that they are just painted on, therwise I wouldn't even consider having them removed.