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Offline herr_doktor_goth

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modifying to a fretless
« on: May 23, 2005, 01:26:58 PM »
ok. i own a washburn xb-120 and i was wondering if it would be possible to modify it into a fretless. ive been wanting a fretless for a while now and i dont want to purchase a whole new bass. i love my bass. i even named it. lol. ok, if anyone can help me on this subject please do.
 

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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2005, 10:12:32 PM »
Yes it can be done. Most any reputable luthier can easily remove the frets and fill the fret grooves with wood and reshape the fret board.
also you could have a custom neck made, Warmoth and Trekker are just two good places to start. Personally I'm having my neck done by HG Thor Guitar Lab. They fill the lines with wood and then coat the neck with a thick epoxy. They guarentee their work to stand up to round wound strings if thats what you prefer. I use either Rotosound or LaBella nylon wounds mostly myself and sometimes I might use a pair of Thomastic Jazz Bass Strings in a flat wound. I just like the warm sound I get out of these strings. Warning tho once you go fretless you'll never go back to frets again[:D]

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2005, 02:44:43 PM »
quote:
Warning tho once you go fretless you'll never go back to frets again[:D]

Bud



lol.

yeah, im going to have to look into the modding of the neck. i thought it might be possible but im not sure where to get it done or waht the price range will be.
 

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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2005, 09:58:13 PM »
Costs that Ive seen ranges from @ $200 - $300 to have a neck made by Trekker or Warmoth. H G THor Lab, THe people who are going to do my neck conversion Starts At @ $150 and up depending on exactly how much work you have them do, and the type of bass neck thru basses and set neck cost more. There is a waiting list though so if thats the way you think you might want to go contact them and they will put on their list with no obligation if you decide not to use them when your time slot come open
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modifying to a fretless
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2005, 10:23:47 AM »
http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=71144

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