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Squier Jaguar SS Fretless?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 77PBass, Jan 20, 2012.


  1. 77PBass

    77PBass Banned

    Dec 5, 2007
    nyc
    I am interested in getting one of these basses and ripping out the frets. Has anyone done this before? What was your experience? How does it sound?
     
  2. bassmastan

    bassmastan Guest

    Jun 25, 2011
    You could get a loaded squire body off ebay, and an allparts fretless neck, then you can get exactly what you want without the hassle of taking off all the frets, and sealing them back up.
     
  3. 77PBass

    77PBass Banned

    Dec 5, 2007
    nyc
    For $169 or less?
     
  4. bassmastan

    bassmastan Guest

    Jun 25, 2011
    Possibly, I saw a fretless neck on the bay for 89 the other day new, I'm sure u can find a body or trade for one.
     
  5. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    Did not know that allparts make 30' scale fretless necks. I'll have to look into that.
     
  6. JdoubleH

    JdoubleH Cold, Daring. No flies on me. Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2008
    Ellerslie, Georgia
    Short scale? I haven't seen many aftermarket SS necks other than perhaps Warmoth or another one-off.
     
  7. bassmastan

    bassmastan Guest

    Jun 25, 2011
    No it was a full size. Sorry
     
  8. jimmy rocket

    jimmy rocket

    Jan 24, 2008
    Ayden, NC
    Not short scale, but here's my fretless jag to fuel your GAS ;)

    6638689659_f8142b6d05_z.

    6638690263_882e46ee63_z.
     
  9. bassmastan

    bassmastan Guest

    Jun 25, 2011
    That's a squire vm body right? I think it looks nice btw, the jag body is sleek. Personally not a fan of shortscales.
     
  10. jimmy rocket

    jimmy rocket

    Jan 24, 2008
    Ayden, NC
    Yep, VM. It's a great compliment to the fretless neck.
     
  11. 77PBass

    77PBass Banned

    Dec 5, 2007
    nyc
    What kind of neck did you put on that? I love the vm jags and will get one once I thin the herd.

    I am interested in the ss jag and making it fret less as a low cost way of testing my technique over a long time. I want to do this because I am really gassing for a Rob Allen fret less mouse bass. I don't want to drop $2k and find out I can't stand short scale basses.
     
  12. jimmy rocket

    jimmy rocket

    Jan 24, 2008
    Ayden, NC
    Mighty mite. I scored it from musician's friend for $75 before Christmas.
     
  13. 77PBass

    77PBass Banned

    Dec 5, 2007
    nyc
    Seems like the cheapest route is to get one new for $169 (with a discount coupon it could be less) and buy a defretting tool from Stew-Mac for $25. Filling in the frets will cost nothing. I'd be all in for around $175-$190.

    Seems a no brainer and I would be fulfilling my duty as an american by helping the economy in these tough times and consuming something that in the end, I don't really need but desperately want for short term amusement. LOL
     
  14. Bobster

    Bobster

    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I totally agree with you 77PBass.

    That is the cheapest most practical way to approach the project.

    I believe the concern is primarily that there won't be any way to change it back after it's done.

    I've actually got one of the Stagg Fusion 3/4 basses on order and am considering doing the same thing. Amazon has them for $129.99, which even cheaper than the Jaguar.

    I'm planning to replace the nut and pots/cap/jack so that will be roughly the same as the Jag, but this is configured with two Jazz pickups. Also planning to put a series parallel switch in there.

    Best of luck with the project, post pics!

    Bob
     
  15. tabdog

    tabdog

    Feb 9, 2011
    I have a used silver SS Jag on the way
    from MF. $100

    I am going to de-fret when it gets here.
    It's cheap and easy.

    I made my own fret puller out of an old
    tool I had laying around. Just used a
    grinder to make it,

    1-8-8.

    I did this neck and still have wood filler and
    Tru-Oil left for more projects,

    1-16-5.

    Tabdog
     
  16. 77PBass

    77PBass Banned

    Dec 5, 2007
    nyc
    For $169, changing it back isn't an issue.

    I am very close to pulling the trigger. I don't have a fret less in the arsenal and the idea is burning a hole in my head.
     
  17. 77PBass

    77PBass Banned

    Dec 5, 2007
    nyc
    Yeah, I saw they have used. The one I saw was $126. I didn't think that was enough of a discount from new.


    I live in NYC apartment. Grinding metal is frowned upon. :(
     
  18. tabdog

    tabdog

    Feb 9, 2011
    I bought mine on December 18th. That's when the
    new ones were on sale for $145.

    They had a stocking problem and I have been waiting
    over a month.

    Grinding that tool may not be practical without a 6"
    bench grinder.

    They also had a long scale Squier Jag for $176. That
    may be a good one to make fretless.


    Tabdog
     
  19. Will a fretless fender or squire neck fit in here?
     
  20. sorry, will a fender or squire frettless neck fit in a Stagg jag bass?
     

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