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Should I defret?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RxFunk, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    So, today I just picked up a Peavey Foundation from the 90s. The body has been repainted, and I don't believe that it's original besides that either. The body is a bit rough(chip, dings, scratches,etc). I've been wanting a fretless forever, and am wondering if you guys think I should defret this one. Will I be taking any possible value away from the bass if I do?
  2. bootsox


    Apr 28, 2012
    Biloxi, MS
    There's not a whole lot of monetary value in it in the first place. Nearly any peavey is a good candidate for a defret.
  3. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    That's what I'm thinking, I'll probably try it when my regular bass gets back from the shop. By the way, have you done it, if so, what kind of epoxy did you use?
  4. Id sugest watching these first, Its a detailed series about a fretless conversion
  5. Skygonzo


    Jul 8, 2012
    get a used squire fretless for like eight bucks and practice instead of investing time on defretting junk.
  6. mntngrown


    Aug 18, 2007
    Santa Cruz Ca
    A Lakland 5502 fretless just sold for 550.00 on ebay.
    Sell that and buy a fretless. But if you consider it fun and cheaper than golf or hanging out at a bar, then by all means hack away!
  7. mntngrown


    Aug 18, 2007
    Santa Cruz Ca
    By the way I am a hack from way back, hate golf and drink at home.:)
  8. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    De-fret it, it is super easy, that bass isn't worth much now anyways.

    The epoxy job is where it gets tricky and could easily be where you ruin the neck.
  9. One could spend his entire life waiting for the perfect 8 dollar Bass. :scowl:
  10. Defret it if you'd like to experience or learn how to do it. Otherwise, don't spend too much money paying a professional to do it for you. Goodluck!
  11. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Thanks for the videos!
  12. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Has anyone defretted a Foundation? How do the Super Ferrites sound fretless?
  13. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    I have been down this road - I would never de-fret a bass.
    - Good chance of ruining the neck
    - De-values the bass
    - It will never be as nice as a true fretless
    - When you realize that you don't like it, it is big bucks to re-fret.

    Maybe it is old and beat up, but but it is a Foundation.

    Save your $$ and buy a used Squier or SX fretless.
  14. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Yeah, I'm kinda feeling this way too. I think I'll grab a cheap Squier P in a few months and defret that.
  15. Basstone1

    Basstone1 Banned

    Jun 28, 2010
    Hey Gonzo, where are you located?
  16. The don't you dare do what you want to do crowd has gotten into this thread already. I'd pose this same question in Luthier's corner, you'll probably get advice and encouragement.