#1
I'll make this quick. I play alot of slide guitar. I'm buying a knockoff strat from a dude I work with. I want to take the neck off, take the frets out, and make it basically a fretless guitar. Then i'll set the action high. Would it be good if I just took the frets out, epoxied the slots, and went on my way? I believe the fretboard is rosewood, but ill let you know Sunday when I actually buy it.

any thoughts?
#2
I've never herd of using epoxy for something like this but then again I'm not too familiar with epoxy to begin with. Personally I'd just use wood filler.
I saw a thread earlier today where a guy was making an SG fretless using wood filler to fill the slots and it looked like it turned out pretty good.
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#3
yeah use wood filler post results. im interested in how this will turn out as I also play slide.
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yeah use wood filler post results. im interested in how this will turn out as I also play slide.


will do. will the wood filler stand out though? I'm guessing they make all different shades/colors so hopefully i can blend it well. any thoughts on removing the fretwire quickly/efficiently?
#5
well i actually do play slide a lot so... hmm

EDIT: sorry forgot to write the post :p


errm yeah i wouldnt actually pull off the frets unless you want a lapsteel kind of thing

i dont know i find it better to be able to play both fretted and slide on the guitar.. it's just more versatile

my two cents
Last edited by vigenharutyunya at May 22, 2010,
#6
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well i actually do play slide a lot so... hmm


this is strictly proof of concept for me, sorta. I have 2 electrics and an acoustic already, but I'm getting this bad boy for $25 from a kid I work with. AFAIK the input jack needs a-fixin. What I wanna do is make the neck fretless, paint the body a nice cream color, throw some gold hardware on it, and since its a SSS strat, I've been lookin' at these Lace Sensor SC's. Will put up a thread tomorrow for the custom job. Can't wait to get started though, I have the whole thing planned out in my head
#7
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i dont know i find it better to be able to play both fretted and slide on the guitar.. it's just more versatile

my two cents


this guitar only needs to do one thing. i have other guitars for versatility. this one is strictly in project only mode and im willing to have it only be used in one situation only. initially i was gonna buy it just to keep it in open A, but the idea evolved.

EDIT: and its not like you cant play it with your fingers as well. just gonna be a different tone/soundscape altogether.
Last edited by bbetances at May 22, 2010,
#8
Quote by bbetances
will do. will the wood filler stand out though? I'm guessing they make all different shades/colors so hopefully i can blend it well. any thoughts on removing the fretwire quickly/efficiently?



A lot of fretless guitars/basses actually have fret lines so you know where to play. It would actually be better if say, you had a rosewood neck, to buy a lighter wood filler.\
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A lot of fretless guitars/basses actually have fret lines so you know where to play. It would actually be better if say, you had a rosewood neck, to buy a lighter wood filler.\


visualizing it, that might actually look pretty cool. could be useful too. I can't wait to get this project underway, but unfortunately all I can do TODAY is talk about it and plan it all out.
#10
this guitar only needs to do one thing. i have other guitars for versatility. this one is strictly in project only mode and im willing to have it only be used in one situation only. initially i was gonna buy it just to keep it in open A, but the idea evolved.

EDIT: and its not like you cant play it with your fingers as well. just gonna be a different tone/soundscape altogether.

ok man seems that you pretty much know what you are doing
good luck with the thing
i myself am now having a Grazioso rebuild you know the paint... the body also was all in scratches and dents... i'll still leave everything original i guess it's a vintage 70s guitar... so it's kinda 40 year old and im keeping everything original... and i'll have it set up for a slide guitar... i find my self open G or Gm my fav tunings for slide... but i also fret complicated chords too (sometimes play in G without a slide) so in my case frets are a good addition

again Good luck