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Removing the lines on my fretless

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Velkov, Aug 21, 2003.

  1. Velkov


    Jan 17, 2001
    Lansdowne, Ontario
    How hard is it to remove the lines on my Mexican fretless jazz bass? They are plastic strips inlayed into the fingerboard. If I heat them up would the glue melt before the plastic, and therefore let me take them out. Is there a proper way of doing this?

  2. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Getting them out will be the hard part... but once they are out, you could probably fill it with a dark wood filler.
  3. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Saw them off like if you were slotting the board. Then just inlay some wood veener marching the fretboard.

    Peace, JP
  4. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    This is not going to be an easy job. Not something I would want to do. I would think you'd have a hard time melting the glue w/o melting the plastic and/or burning the fingerboard. And a saw job is only going to be as good as you can accurately saw straight lines.

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