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Re: fretless bass making please help

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Posted by Emptyeye on April 07, 2001 at 22:13:47:

In Reply to: fretless bass making please help posted by aerocol on April 06, 2001 at 16:59:10:

: What is the best way to defret my bass thus turning it into a fretted???????

: would I still be able to perform slap style???

: please help with any tips etc.

Um...a quick question: By that first sentence, do you mean fretless? If not, then I have no idea what you're talking about.
If so, then basically the way everyone seems to use is literally just take a screwdriver and "Pry" the frets off, sand the neck down, and fill in the gaps left by defretting with something, modeling glue (I know I'm way off here) or something. Someone else can help you out here, I'm sure.
As for playing slap-style. Could you? Yes. You can still slap on a fretless (I own a Fender Fretless J-Bass), but the sound is something of an acquired taste. You can pretty much forget about popping on it, though. the sound of String-on-Wood doesn't work at all in that instance, IMHO.
One more question: What kind of bass do you own? I personally wouldn't recommend defretting a bass on your own unless you really have nothing to lose in the attempt (You can seriously mess it up in the process). Since you like to play slap-style from what I've gathered, your best bet might be to find a cheap fretless bass (Musician's Friend sells their Rogue fretless for about $170; I don't think it sounds that great [But then I've never played it, I'm just speculating], but you'd at least be able to figure out if you like the general sound of slap-on-fretless without having to de-fret your primary one.)
Of course, if you have a backup bass you can defret, most of my third paragraph goes out the window. Oh well.

Hope his helped a little,

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