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show your diy defrets

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fishbrain, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. My diy. . . . made the body, pulled the frets. modded the headstock. strung with flat rotos, and it thumps.

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  2. saxofunk


    Jul 25, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    I can see why. Most good basses aren't made of plywood. Most plywood doesn't delaminate like that unless it's left outside for a couple seasons. Most bass players, if given a bass that close to falling apart, would speed up the process with stage bashing, fire, or both.

    Maybe it's the missing string. Is this bass in the process of being modified, or does it really have only three strings?
  3. thanks, i miss it too. if only my hands were a couple milimeters bigger... :crying:
  4. peaveyuser

    peaveyuser Inactive

    Oct 18, 2006
    only three maybe later on I will get the money to fix the machine heads switch the bridge extension to plexiglass (stronger won't bend plus transparent) and give it 4 strings :D
  5. Curtybob


    Jun 2, 2007
    Jackson, MO
    C'mon, guy. Don't be that way, eh? :scowl:

    Back OT... I want to do this soooo bad, and as soon as I get a cheapie bass to hack on, I will be joining the ranks.
  6. damn you people give me a wierd kind of GAS (kinda like Indian food)

    ive got a squire neck somewhere im gonna work on to hone my skill.....just gotta figure out which bass i could fell ok about defretting
  7. mp1k3


    Apr 9, 2007
    The Victim: A replica 70's Jazz Bass bought on eBay for $40.
    This is my 3rd defret project. The first one I filled in the frets
    with wood and never got it just right and it was basically
    unplayable. Second defret I filled in the fretboard with wipe on
    poly. The poly was too soft and dulled the tone too much. On
    this bass I brushed on epoxy and then saned with a block
    sander. It is the best one so far, not perfect, but it sounds
    great and is fun to play.

    Redid headstock with Di Vinci's Last Supper (covered
    with wipe on poly), yanked frets, yanked fretboard dots and
    side marker dots, filled in with epoxy, redyed the fretboard,
    more epoxy, and yet more epoxy. The fretboard is really hard,
    maybe a little harder than my other fretless which has an
    ebonal fretboard. Round wounds have not left a mark. Sanded
    body and worked in some black leather dye into the grain,
    covered with many coats of wipe on poly, sanded and painted
    white pick guard black, went over the pickguard with steel
    wool and it has not chipped yet. Left to do: Still have to redrill
    side position markers in the correct places.

    The headstock had a "run in" with a ceiling fan light globe,
    the headstock won, but not without a scar (see far right on
  8. that is an amazingly sexy bass! I love it
  9. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    My Ricky-rethink bass.

    Which as you can see needs a set up.
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