#1
I recently bought an Ibanez S470DXQM (amazing guitar, though I need to change the pickups) and I've decided to turn my old Ibanez RG into a fretless. Now, I've done my homework, and it seems the best way to do it is to heat up the frets with a soldering iron and use a pair of end snippers to lift the old frets out. I'm quite sure about how I plan to go about it, but I'm wondering if anyone who's done this before has any tips or advice.

I'll post pictures when I'm done, of course. I also plan to strip the paint down and refinish it.
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#2
Heat will go a long way to helping. With a 30 watt soldering iron you'll still need to hold it on the fret for about 10-15 seconds before trying to lift it, maybe even more. Rather than using end nippers, buy some dedicated fret pullers from LMI or Stewmac - they're worth the money. Start at one end of the fret. Work your way under it, then walk the pullers across the board to the other side, lifting a little at a time. If you get any significant chipping, you're probably doing something wrong.

Good luck!
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#3
Successness!
I have defretted the neck, filled the holes (with epoxy resin) and put brand new strings on the guitar. The soldering iron works wonders. I'll post teh pictures when I dig up my camera.
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#5
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Also post a soundclip! I have never herd a fretless guitar before! D:

And I think it woudl be awesome and original if your style included vibrato!


I'll post one when I find my camera. The sound quality won't be...........good.
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#7
That was quick!
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That was quick!


I was surprised at how eay it was.

Recorded a quick sound clip. You would not believe how awkward it is to play on one of these things. The completely ****ed up spacy sounding thing is me doing sweeps while sliding up and down the neck.

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=8A75492B6F9122B5
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#10
You should have a recording of a piece so we compare it with something else. Id have to say I prefer fretless bass rather than guitar... So far at least lol
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#11
that sounds ****in sweet! something i remember as a little kid like the clangers or sumthing (if anyone else have ever watched that)

yea ermm i mean i have heard them noises from my little sis watching kiddies prgrams
#12
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wow dude either ur sound quality is horrible or you play some freaky sh*t.


The soundquality is horrible, yes. But I have yet to write anything for the fretless, so the recording was basically just me screwing around.
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Sounds like a cross between a didgeridoo(definitely spelled wrong) and a kazoo. . .


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Sounds like a cross between a didgeridoo(definitely spelled wrong) and a kazoo. . .


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a kadoo :p