Re: Homemad Frettless Question

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Posted by Nate-Somethin' on January 21, 2002 at 08:39:23:

In Reply to: Re: Homemad Frettless Question posted by splatbass on January 20, 2002 at 22:28:35:

: It is hard to tell without looking at it. It could be that it needs to be sanded down, if it has been played a lot it could have grooves worn in the wood, or it could be that it just needs a good setup (neck relief and bridge height adjustment). I doubt if it needs a new neck. If you don't know how to set it up yourself, take it to a good repair shop and have a pro do it. They should be able to do a setup or a sanding of the fingerboard, whichever is required (or both, if necessary). As far as coating it, many people use boat epoxy because that is what Jaco Pastorius used. I prefer Birchwood-Casey Tru-Oil. It is made for gun stocks, and can be purchased at any sporting goods store. It is easy to apply, and gives a very hard surface that protects it from wear from the strings. Obviously, you would want to have the neck sanded first, if there are any grooves in it. Coating it with anything will change the sound. It will give it more of that "growl" that fretless basses are famous for. That can be good or bad depending on the sound you are going for. I like it, it is what makes a fretless sound different that a fretted, but that is personal opinion. If you like the sound the way it is, just leave it alone. You will probably have to have it sanded occasionally, but if you like the sound the way it is then that is the price you have to pay.


Thank you for your help, I like the "growling" sound and I asked soemone that does trun basses frettless and sells them "suito professionally". He said what you said. Anyways I'm going to have it checked out and probably Coat it because I did sand it a tiny bit and it looks complete level now... and that helped a samll bit on the A string. Anyways Thanks.

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