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Should I defret my bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by basstard1, Mar 12, 2005.


  1. basstard1

    basstard1

    Mar 12, 2005
    :help:
     
  2. travatron4000

    travatron4000

    Dec 27, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Are you a Luthier?

    ~trav
     
  3. What bass is it and are you patient?
     
  4. Stinkoman20xx

    Stinkoman20xx

    Oct 19, 2003
    I have defretted 2 basses and owned basses originaly fretless and their is to me a pretty good diffrence in the two. Id save my money and buy a cheap fretless.
     
  5. Yea it would be better to have a luthier do it, but I am by no means one and I defretted my Ibanez and its good.
     
  6. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    More importantly, is it your only bass?

    Don't defret your only bass. Jaco did this, but we're pretty sure he's nuts. Be patient, research what you're doing ahead of time, and DON'T RUSH!
     
  7. basstard1

    basstard1

    Mar 12, 2005
    no im not a
    luthier..
     
  8. basstard1

    basstard1

    Mar 12, 2005
    ive been playing 2 years... its a peavey, my only bass and im not a luthier... looks bad dony it? i do however love that fretless sound, have a stepdad to help me and im not that bad at playing one..
     
  9. basstard1

    basstard1

    Mar 12, 2005
    its apeavey active millennium*
     
  10. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Have you thought about buying a fretless? Rondomusic.com has fretless basses for around $120. Good instruments cheap, and you won't ruin your only isntrument.
     
  11. basstard1

    basstard1

    Mar 12, 2005
    well my bass is in the repair shop right now and im 13 so im not exactly in the money... i could probably take it to a luthier and get it done, but is it worth not having a fretted?
     
  12. travatron4000

    travatron4000

    Dec 27, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    You might consider a neck swap? taking the neck out and replacing it is much less involved than the removeing, filling, finishing, involved in a defret.

    ~trav
     
  13. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Are you a thespian?
     
  14. basstard1

    basstard1

    Mar 12, 2005
    welll the thing is im a 50% slap player... is it worth getting a fretless (Byselling my curremt bass) for that fretless sound?
     
  15. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    You DO realize how much a luthier would charge... probably about what your bass is worth. It would likely be far cheaper to buy a second bass.

    And no, it's not worth it to not have a fretted bass IMO. My main bass is a fretless Jazz, but I just have to have that P-Bass tone, and nothing can replace the sound of a fretted bass. Two completely different monsters, that's all I have to say.
     
  16. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    My girlfriend is a thespian. Does that make me wierd?
     
  17. basstard1

    basstard1

    Mar 12, 2005
    does that online shop deliver to england?
     
  18. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Whoa, one post at a time bud. By the time I answer one of your posts, I'm answering another.

    It's usually not recommended that you slap a fretless. Eats away at the fingerboard. You'll likely regret selling your fretted.
     
  19. basstard1

    basstard1

    Mar 12, 2005
    m pretty green, so how much would a guitar shop charge?