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Old 01-28-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
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Ibanez 350DX Fretboard Repair/Upgrade

Well, I got this guitar from my friend for free (you can see why). I gladly picked it up from him so I can repair it!



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What I'm gonna do is take the remaining fretboard off and put on an Ebony one, and make it fretless! So far I just have the board, I'm working on finding shops around my college campus and seeing what supplies I have. If not I'll just have to get it all from Stemac.

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Old 01-28-2013, 07:52 PM   #2
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What in the sweet flying fuck happened to that thing
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:54 PM   #3
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Not really sure, what he told me didn't really match to what happened! lol I think he just was being not smart and just cranked on the truss rod until popped the board right off or something, and continued to rip it off, it's in a good family now
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:15 PM   #4
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Damn, at least it was free.

I wish I had a 350DX, hopefully your project goes well!
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:25 AM   #5
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Just a tiny update, bought the supplies I need today, should be able to start next week when it gets here!

And here's another pic just cuz!

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Old 01-29-2013, 12:18 PM   #6
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If he cranked the truss rod, you'll probably need to get a new one. Don't know if that nut or the thread is just going to be ****ed as soon as you try to adjust it.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:39 PM   #7
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Aw man, if you didn't live on the other side of the world i have a spare neck from a 250dx... with a fret board
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:52 PM   #8
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Wonderful project! And if you dont like it fretless, you can always add frets later. I am just finishing a semi-fretless project. (similar story, inherited a guitar with missing fretboard.) It's pretty strange playing a fretless 6 string. Single notes are OK, but some of the simplest chords (E and A) become nearly impossible. On the plus side, slides sound freakishly new. http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/.../978513/1166132
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:03 AM   #9
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:22 AM   #10
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^ that video was awesome, i liked the way that dude explained his stuff...
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:03 PM   #11
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Yep! That's part of what made me thing of making it a fretless! Plus it's probably a little cheaper I got some stuffs in the mail today, so maybe I'll start on it today, I should at least post some pics though!
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:11 PM   #12
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If he cranked the truss rod, you'll probably need to get a new one. Don't know if that nut or the thread is just going to be ****ed as soon as you try to adjust it.


So I'm guessing this is not good?



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Old 02-04-2013, 12:37 AM   #13
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bump for someone to answer my question?
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:07 AM   #14
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I'm not sure what's going on with that truss rod. Measure it, and then order a new one.

Here is the one I use: http://www.allparts.com/LT-1422-000...Rod_p_2150.html

I believe these are the ones ExplorerBuilder uses: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Truss-Rod-S...=item35c1f6daac

And this one looks like the same one in your guitar: http://www.ebay.com/itm/BLUE-DOUBLE...=item2eb482fcfc

Personally, I wouldn't use that last one, the weld on it looks pretty weak.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:41 PM   #15
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Here's an update for any one who cares,

New truss rod came came in and its time to start the work!


Glued and Clamped


After trimming and some sanding on the edges, it matches up with the neck, now to start the long process of sanding!
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:59 AM   #16
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that looks sweet man, you should make a video to show us how it sounds
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:23 AM   #17
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Is the top of that still rough cut??? i sure hope you planed the back of it before you glued it on!
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:01 AM   #18
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I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing that the stewmac truss rod didn't fit all the way into the route. Those things require a 1/2" deep route.

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Old 02-26-2013, 05:34 AM   #19
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Chocolate fingerboard. Scrummy! And still rocking The Matrix screensaver, I see.

Interested to see how this goes though.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:08 AM   #20
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Is the top of that still rough cut??? i sure hope you planed the back of it before you glued it on!


Yeah the back side was the side that was smooth and level, I figured since I'm going to be sanding it away anyways the flat side should be glued and the rough side should be showing

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I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing that the stewmac truss rod didn't fit all the way into the route. Those things require a 1/2" deep route.


It fit for the most part, I did have to take a little out where the adjustment nut is

once it's all said and done I do plan on post a video though!
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