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Worries about intonation: Go fretless?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by ffutterman, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    A friend just gave me a stripped body (no hardware, pickups, neck, etc.). Since I've got no real building experience, would it be safer to just make it a fretless bass so that I don't have to worry about the intonation of the frets? Or is getting the intonation right not that difficult?
  2. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Fretless still requires some intonation. It's really not that hard.
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  3. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Your choice, really. Are you making the neck or buying one?

    If you're making one, then you just need to decide on a scale length, use fretfind to print out the fret locations, and slot the board accordingly. Then just make sure that the nut is <scale length> inches from the bridge saddles.
  4. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    I plan on buying one, probably from Warmoth.
  5. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Just be sure that a Warmoth neck will fit that neck pocket. Good luck with the build.