Replacing a fretboard

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by BigBohn, Jul 2, 2002.

  1. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    For a fretless bass, is this possible within a normal bass mechanic's means? The fretboard is just glued on, right? And how much, if this is possible, would it cost to have done?
  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    Customary board removal for luthiers envolves using a steam needle and/or heat paddle to release the glue and remove the board. If you want to preserve the board you are removing, this is pretty much the way to do it.

    A dirty little secret that some techs probably don't talk about much:

    When I worked in a shop, I saw the chief tech (more than once) remove a chewed up finger board from a fretless by taking a power planer and buzzing it right down to the neck. He cleaned off the last few hundredths with a belt sander. This doesn't work too well if you want to preserve it tough, as it is nothing but particulate matter when you are finshed. Of course if the board is already fried, who cares.

    You should be able to buy a preshaped replacement board if the bass is of standard design. It will most likely require some dressing after it is glued up.

    It isn't a super tough job, but not for the faint at heart.
  3. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    Alright Chasarms, thanks for the info. :)