Re: Fretting a fretless bass

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Posted by Datsgor on November 04, 2000 at 20:39:33:

In Reply to: Fretting a fretless bass posted by BrianP on November 04, 2000 at 16:35:45:

: Ok, I know this is gonna sound stupid, but I'd like to know if anyone has any experienced with putting frets on a fretless bass? I've found a great bass at a wonderful price, but it's fretless and I need frets! I know this will probably involve a skilled leuther, but can it be done?

YES, I have done that exact same thing. You see, I was a few years in to working on basses/guitars and I had never done a fret job, so I took this birdseye maple fretless neck and put frets on it. Let me tell you, boy did I improvise. I clamped a steel ruler accross the neck to cut thr fret slots with a coping saw. but first i had to calculate the frets.(its quite a complicated formula) so I ended up matchung a fretted neck and marking the spots. I hammered the frets in with no glue. All in all, for not knowing what I was doing, it turned out rather well. some frets were loose, but it served about 5years of duty until i ripped the frets out and filled em in with walnut putty. Unless you are comfortable doing this kaind of work and are prepared to invest 200. or 300. dollars into the correct tools. Have it done by someone that calls themselves a profesional.(but ask for references and possibly some pictures of past work). On the other hand, if you want to give it a go, log on to and they will tell you all about how to do it. peace........john

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