Hi there, I'm new to TB so sorry if this is covered elsewhere (point me in the right direction pls!!!). I have built a few instruments in the past (violins and guitars) but one thing I haven't done is defret a bass. I am in the middle of stripping all the lacquer off my Vox standard- the body has not been a problem but when it comes to the neck though I am a bit stuck though. Do I take the frets out before stripping the neck or defret then strip???? In the end I would like a frettless natural (oiled- tung or gun) fingerboard. Read a lot of good advice on this forum and glad to be part of it!!!