#1
So I got me a fretless, and I prefer my roundwounds. I understand they are very mean to the fingerboard but I don't mind getting it leveled, say every year or so.

So my question is if maple wood is a generally strong or weak wood.
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#3
In general I think most anyone here would recommend getting the board poly'd regardless of wood if you're using roundwounds, but even moreso on maple.
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#4
Thank you.
polyurethane can be gotten in hardware stores, correct?
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#5
When I was looking a defretting my maple neck, I was cautioned against doing it because you absolutely have to poly maple and when you do so, it muffles the "mwah" of a fretless. So I'd be very interested in hearing soundclips when you finish this project.

And I would stick to flatwounds...
#6
I'm going to end up trying flats anyway, but due to money constraints (AKA my parents)I can't just go get new strings. D'ads rounds and I just got them today.
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#7
oh, whoops it doesn't have an maple fingerbaord.
I has an ebonal, but I do not know if that is any better.

/noob
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#9
Cuz I'm an idiot
Yeah, much darker color tone.
It was the neck that is maple.
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#11
Seriously, get some half-wounds. They sort of have the aggressive punch of roundwounds but won't eat up your fretboard.
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#12
Eh, no harm done. At least it was an intelligent question you asked that may help you or someone else at some point. Never hurts to learn more.

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#14
Man how would you slap on a fretless?!
Be hard wouldnt it?
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#15
It would just as hard/easy as it is on a fretted. They only difference is the tone because the strings aren't hitting the frets.

How did you come to the conclusion that it was hard?
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Its not that hard, it just sounds different. Les Claypool is a good example of a bass player who does this.
#18
any lose of sustain with a fretless?
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It would just as hard/easy as it is on a fretted. They only difference is the tone because the strings aren't hitting the frets.

How did you come to the conclusion that it was hard?


I dont know, I just assumed that because of having no frets there would be no clanging of metal on metal, and the fact that frets make the gap between string and fretboard smaller...

Man I gotta play a fretless some time, sounds cool..
Once saw a 5 string fretless acoustice bass, the wierdest thing ive ever seen. Compared to les's rainbow bass even.
Strings were really thick looking. Like 2x as thick as mine atm.
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#20
Hey, hey, hey?

Since when are maple fingerboards NOT already polied? I've never played a Fender with a maple fingerboard that wasn't already polied (i.e. the entire neck was finished, fretboard included. Pretty sure it's the same with Stingers.

What's the moral of the story? Yank out the frets, fill them in, then play. It's already polied. The fingerboard's finish is just as strong as the rest of the neck's... it's the same finish.

EDIT: OK, my post wasn't really relevant after reading the thread some more, but it's some conventional wisdom for ya.
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#21
^Appreciated :p

I'm hoping the ebonal holds up, because I never want to use flats. These strings sing on this bass.
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