#1
so a few days ago i decided to defret my old SX bass because i hardly ever use it any more and it looked like this:


so i started by taking the strings off


then i used masking tape around the frets to attempt to prevent any damage


half way taking frets off, i realized that SX basses have no glue holding the frets in place to heating it up with the soldering iron was futile


then i got to much into the project and forgot that i was gunna take pictures at each stage so skip till all the frets are out, sanding is done and i've put the wood filler in and waiting for the filler to dry. then i realize i didnt take any pictures >_<
so here is the fretboard with tons of wood filler on it. yes i know im very sloppy.


then the filler dries and i sand it all down nice and smooth so here is the final product



im very happy with the result
#3
Dude that is awsome. I am going to do that with my old one when I get my new bass. any tip or stuff to tell me before doing this?
#4
Wow. That looks nice. I hope it turned out better than the fretless SX I bought. =/
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#7
What did you use to finish the fretboard. I bought some tung oil for the back of the neck (sanded it down too), but I've heard orange oil or lemon oil work better than tung.
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#8
Dude that is awsome. I am going to do that with my old one when I get my new bass. any tip or stuff to tell me before doing this?

well i followed this guide http://www.geocities.com/charlesarms/
he didnt use woodfiller but i think woodfiller looks fine to me. i guess it depends on how much time youre willing to spend on it. oh and all the site recommend lemon oil before and after but i went to a luthier and they said olive oil also get the job done, so you dont need to go out and buy lemon oil, just go raid the kitchen.

Wow. That looks nice. I hope it turned out better than the fretless SX I bought. =/

dude it sounds 120876408141 times better then i expected... but maybe i had low expectations. i donno but im really loving it right now

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#9
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What did you use to finish the fretboard. I bought some tung oil for the back of the neck (sanded it down too), but I've heard orange oil or lemon oil work better than tung.

like i said in the last post the luthier recommended i use olive oil. and works perfectly. altough it smells a bit funky im sure it'll go away in a few days.
#10
Is that bass intonated correctly in the first pic? Most basses I've seen have the saddles pulled much farther back, and they do the 'stairway' thing.

Oh yeah, that's really awesome.

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#12
I don't think I even have any olive oil in the house....I'll go for lemon oil and get back to you
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#13
for wood filler i used "FAMOWOOD #1 professional WOOD filler" and got the ash color. there was like 10 different wood colors to choose from

dude, confused, i went to like 4 different guitar shops and none of them had lemon oil, they had more other random fretboard cleaner but no "lemon oil" is that not a guitar product?
#14
Lemon oil is more of a kitchen product if I remember correctly. I know my mom has a bottle in the kitchen.
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Nice work TS, I was expecting a messy result, but it turned out real good. Well done.
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#16
Nice job

How's it sounding?
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#17
Looks good

Noob question here though, how far down do the inlays go? did you just sand right over them?
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#18
I like the less than jake and sublime stickers

Hows the sound out of a fretless lower end instrument? Im considering to it to one, but I'm not sure if its going to be worth it?
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#19
Nice job. I'm thinking of converting my 4-string (so that I might actually use it). I just would have to go by me some flatwounds.
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#20
wow you did a really good job on that....wanna do mine for me? jk. congrats on the great job there man. how long did that take you in all?
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#23

Noob question here though, how far down do the inlays go? did you just sand right over them?

actually i have no idea how far the inlays go, but i just sanded right over them and had no problem. theyre nice and flat with the rest of the fretboard.

how long did that take you in all?

uhhh i had lots of breaks inbetween but in all i guess about 5 hours. well worth it. was a very fun project
#24
thats so nice, i wanna make mine fretless once i get a new one, is it really hard to get the frets out?
#27
nice job im gonna b taking the frets off mine once my flats come in and wouldnt it make more sense to leave the tape on while puting the filler in so it doesnt get on the fingerboard
#28
That is one awesome job you did. if you ever get sound clips of it, I'd love to hear em.
#29
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nice job im gonna b taking the frets off mine once my flats come in and wouldnt it make more sense to leave the tape on while puting the filler in so it doesnt get on the fingerboard


no you slather it on good and really push it in and then you sand down the fretboard afterwords to get off the excess wood filler.
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#32
im going to get a new bass like in a week or two. do u think i should take the frets out of my old first act guitar? or should i keep it the way it is cuz its my first bass? i prob;y wont hav to adjust my truss bar much if i do, right?
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im going to get a new bass like in a week or two. do u think i should take the frets out of my old first act guitar? or should i keep it the way it is cuz its my first bass? i prob;y wont hav to adjust my truss bar much if i do, right?


Well only defret it it if you think you can utilize the sound and feel of a fretless. And no you probably won't have to adjust it much.
#34
k thanks
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