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Posted by El Pájaro on February 22, 2001 at 06:54:20:
In Reply to: from fretted to fretless posted by Taylor on February 21, 2001 at 23:09:00:
: Ok guys I have a question. This is somthing that Ive been contemplating for a long time and I dont know what I should do. I play alot of slap bass stuff but Ive always want ed a fretless bass as well. I have a regular bass that im playing on but Im really tempted to pull the frets out and make it a fretless bass. Would this really be a good idea? Thanx.
Well, you can "do the Jaco" and pull the frets out of the board, but to preserve the health of your axe you should:
1) heat the frets with a soldering iron or something similar to allow the glue to melt and the wood to soften at the joints.
2) pull the frets out slowly and carefully! The wood on the board may chip out otherwise.
3) Fill in the fret slots with some kind of material. Some people had great results with products like "plastic wood", or with a mix or wood dust and superglue. Shop around ad try, but don't leave those fret slots unfilled.
4) (optional) apply a coat or two of epoxi resin on the board after the slots are filled. It will preserve the board from being chewed by the outer wound of roundwound strings.
Hope this helped. Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,
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