I just traded this dude I know about $50 worth of... well, whatever, for a bass. It is a real pile that is like a Jazz and had a real 70's Fender J neck on it. The problem is, the guy who first had it defretted it (it's a block inlay maple neck!) and shaved like 1/4" off of each side of the neck, making it look, play and feel S#!TTY! The body is natural finished, but really horrible wood. What I've decided to do is make this my project bass, for practicing repairs and such. I replaced the neck with an old one (warmoth? chandler?) that has an ebony board. I want to defret it and was wondering what the best way to do that. If anyone knows, please clue me in. Also, I'm using parts I had lying around to juice it up. I put a single MEC J pickup in the bridge, none in the neck (I'm putting the battery there). I have an EMG BTC that was lying around that I put in. This is going to be my "Jaco on crack" bass. Any suggestions about defretting, finishing the fingerboard are much appreciated, as well as odd things to do to this puppy.