So I'm thinking about fretlessin' my acoustic bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Agito, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. Agito


    Jun 27, 2009
    Hey, I've got a Takamine EG512C (Korean) acoustic bass which I'm having a bit trouble to sell...
    Anyhow, I thought about making it fretless, it sounds good need a bit of electronic repair plus it features the piezo.

    Anyhow, would you recommend me doing so? I do need a fretless bass for different stuff and not for just toying around.

    So should I do this modification?

    Thank you,

  2. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Only do it if you do it right!

    There are many threads about how to remove frets - done right, it takes 20+ hours and meticulous attention to detail.

    And it is critical to fill the fret lines with a non-compressible material or you may end up with a neck that bows forward excessively.

    Would I do it? No.

    A Takemine is a fine instrument - I have to think that if you want to sell, between Craigslist and TB classifieds you would have no trouble doing so. Pay the member fee and you can use the classifieds.
  3. bamba22

    bamba22 Commercial User

    Dec 24, 2009
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    Takamine is japanise
  4. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    I say keep working to sell it, and buy a Squier VM Fretless Jazz.
  5. mccartneyman


    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor,
    Defretting by a repair shop will run you around $150. Selling ithe Takamine and buying a dedicated fretless seems like a better plan.
  6. Now that you've put the idea out there, I think I may consider doing that to my 'Espanola' acoustic...

  7. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    I yanked the rails on my G Series a few years ago. Never shaved the saddle, so the strings are 1/4"+ off the board. Good for the acoustic volume since it's a camping/outdoors bass.

    At the time, if Takamine offered a fretless, I might have skipped the mod and bought one. Today, I'd leave the frets and find a used Boulder Creek fretless. Can't really sell the 512, my wife gave it to me for our engagement (she got the ring, I got a bass).
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