#1
I have a GSR200 with some broken tuners and I was going to fix eventually but decided to convert it in to a fretless since I've been wanting one for a while. I was planning on using the soldering iron method but I'd like to see any other useful guides. and is it very hard to do? I have pliers that MIGHT work but I'm not sure if they're small enough. halp
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#3
So I just email the guy and I get a PDF? I don't want to pay for it.
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I actually have an e-book manuel of how to de-fret a bass.
I think it's on the pirate bay actually.

But ye, there are god awful amounts of guides online.

Now that's what I'm looking for Thank ye


I hope it turns out well because if it doesn't I'll have to buy a fretless neck.
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#6
go to stewmac and get some radius blocks for leveling the fingerboard..i use the cheap rubber ones and they work fine for me. and after makeing my own blocks by hand for years i can tell they are worth every penny.
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go to stewmac and get some radius blocks for leveling the fingerboard..i use the cheap rubber ones and they work fine for me. and after makeing my own blocks by hand for years i can tell they are worth every penny.

I will. How would their black fretboard stain affect rosewood since it's meant for ebony? Would it make it black or just darken it?
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#9
Necrobump but I have a question. I took the strings off and was conditioning the fretboard with lemon oil and I noticed how smooth the fretboard was. My girlfriend said it didn't even feel like fretboard wood to her (She's only played on rosewood) then I thought....Could it be plastic? I didn't think Ibanez did plastic fretboard but I'm curious now.
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#10
The Ibanez website says it's rosewood but your might be an older model .



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#11
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The Ibanez website says it's rosewood but your might be an older model .

It's only two or three years old. I was almost positive that Ibanez said it was rosewood. It's really ****ing smooth though. I guess it won't hurt with a fretless....


I'm getting my fret pullers, dye and radius block pretty soon.
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#12
I wanna do this. I'm probably going to use fret filler, any tips you guys have for me?

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#13
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I wanna do this. I'm probably going to use fret filler, any tips you guys have for me?

Use gloves if you're dyeing your fretboard.

Does anyone know if enamel is ok to use on a fretboard? I want to clearcoat it to protect the dye and keep the fretboard nice but all I have is enamel.

Once I replace some broken tuners I'll buy some flatwounds and string this bitch up.
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#14
ahhh dude great idea! i did the same thing not too long ago. i just used a screwdriver and popped the frets out (not the best method ill admit) then i filled the cracks in with wood puddy (you can get it at your local hardware store) then i sanded everything down and repuddied about 4 times. note: looking back i wish i used a hand plane on the neck before i stained so the neck was even. so do that too. then i stained everything with some sedona red minwax stain. 2 coats. then used kryolon cleasr cloat (in the spray can) did about 4 caots, then wet snaded it down, then put on 2 more coats. it has a beautiful glossy finish and a real nice feel to it. i wanna strip it and plane it but decided its too much work. so deffinetly plane it before you stain! good luck. oh and i have pics and a better description in the thread "defretted success" just search it and itll help a lot. seeing how i have the same bass doing the same thing.

p.s. make sure you get "stainable putty" i got a certain color putty so you can still see the lines and what not in it. ah well. good luck. you can pm me if you need any more help
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ahhh dude great idea! i did the same thing not too long ago. i just used a screwdriver and popped the frets out (not the best method ill admit) then i filled the cracks in with wood puddy (you can get it at your local hardware store) then i sanded everything down and repuddied about 4 times. note: looking back i wish i used a hand plane on the neck before i stained so the neck was even. so do that too. then i stained everything with some sedona red minwax stain. 2 coats. then used kryolon cleasr cloat (in the spray can) did about 4 caots, then wet snaded it down, then put on 2 more coats. it has a beautiful glossy finish and a real nice feel to it. i wanna strip it and plane it but decided its too much work. so deffinetly plane it before you stain! good luck. oh and i have pics and a better description in the thread "defretted success" just search it and itll help a lot. seeing how i have the same bass doing the same thing.

p.s. make sure you get "stainable putty" i got a certain color putty so you can still see the lines and what not in it. ah well. good luck. you can pm me if you need any more help

I'm not sure what clear coat to use and I really don't want to buy more spray paint. I have like 6 cans now. Would enamel work?
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I'm not sure what clear coat to use and I really don't want to buy more spray paint. I have like 6 cans now. Would enamel work?

if you can get some poly, that would be best, IMO.
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#17
hmm i suppose you could use enamel. technically it is the same thing.
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if you can get some poly, that would be best, IMO.

That's what I've heard. I just have so much damn paint since I'm already in the process of painting a guitar and I'm not 18 so I have to have a parent get it for me. I'll see what I can do.
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#19
I used a screwdriver, wood fill, sandpaper, and some weird wood covering

it took well under an hour if you don't count the coats drying.


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#20
Through the painting thread, I realized something. If I poly it, wouldn't it start looking bad after playing on it for a while?
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naw.

Well, that's all the explanation I need.
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#23
poly is pretty tough.
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#24
Do think I'd need it if I was playing on flats? I'm mostly worried about the dye because it comes off really easy when I condition the fretboard. It could be excess but I wouldn't want my dye to wear off really quick.
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#25
if you're getting flats, you'll need it like blind people need paintings.
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#26
One less thing to worry about. Once I get the new tuners I'll string it up and take pictures.
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#27
It is complete. I'm enjoying it and learned Face of Melinda by Opeth as soon as I got it tuned up.

Needs refinished but that's for another day.
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#29
Nice work...
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#30
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looks sweet. was it alot of work?

Not really. I kind of half assed it anyway. You just have to be patient with taking out the frets and the tool Stewmac sells was really helpful.
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