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I've been toying with the idea of getting a fretless recently, but as I predominantly play a 7, didn't really wanna go for a 4 string just out of financial necessity. My Hohner 6 hasn't had any playtime since I got the Conklin, so I bit the bullet and de-fretted it this evening.
Took about 45 mins to get the frets out, and spent a further 10 sanding it down. Not the finished article yet, I'm gonna fill in the fret slots, not sure what with yet.




Any advice/comments welcome.

Pete.

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You can get a huge range of marquetry veneers on the Bay, usually very cheap too. So you could get a matching or a contrasting wood. Most veneers prove to be a nice reasonably snug fit too (but not so snug that you have to hammer 'em in).
You'll need to file down the nut slots a bit too.
Are you going to put a sealing finish on the board to harden it up a bit? I've heard that repeated applications of danish oil are pretty good (think it was bt68 who passed that one on..?).

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Well I've just filled the slots with some "plastic wood" from the hardware shop. got to wait a few hours before sanding again. Don't think I will be coating the board as it's not gonna get a huge amount of use. But then again if I notice too much wear...
Ive filed the nut slots down a bit, will prob get them down even further, as the set up is done.

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[quote name='guyl' post='30635' date='Jul 12 2007, 11:31 AM']Don't worry if you don't gig your 6-fretless - it will be great for ironing on. Just be careful with the fret filler - might make a mess of your iron![/quote]

Lol, it would be great for sleeves & trouser legs!

Got the filler/sanding and polishing done. Took the fret slots down further and adjusted the action at the bridge. I'd never picked up a fretless before this, so was a bit of a shock. Absolutely loving it though, every bassist should have one. I don't know many fretless "lines" (Hey you, Teen town is about it), but loads of "normal" lines take on a different meaning, Rush's YYZ is a blast! :) :huh:
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[quote name='alexclaber' post='30786' date='Jul 12 2007, 04:19 PM']Actually Teen Town was recorded on fretted bass.

Alex[/quote]


Never knew that! :) I was always under the impression Jaco played fretless pretty much exclusively.... We live and learn.

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