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fretless bass conversion(PART 1)

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Published on Dec 31, 2008

I NO LONGER WORK FOR THE MUSICIAN'S DEN, I NOW RESIDE AT THE GUITAR LAB, YOU CAN CONTACT ME EITHER HERE ON YOUTUBE OR BY SENDING A MESSAGE TO JASON@THEGUITARLAB.COM

Jason from The Musician's Den in Evansville IN demonstrates converting a 4-string fretted bass, to a fretless. In PART 1, we'll discuss what we're going to do and verify intonation, read the neck a bit, and pull the frets.

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ZZombyWooff
I watched 2 minutes of this video. I drank few beers. then I took my hammer and screwdriver and chipped the fucking frets off. 5 minute job. no guitar nerd hassle or any of this perfectionism. it doesnt really matter. it sounds good, no worries
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HAPPY WHALE
@ ZZombyWooff ```````````````````````````` I happened to watch Jaco's recollection of his conversion from fretted to fretless. If I remember well, it took him quite a bit more than 5 min to do it + he used some top notch fillers (Marine quality epoxy) to keep his neck strong enough to withstand the pull of four, fat bass strings. If your 5 min job sounds good to you, that's fine by me. I'd rather stick to my nerdy way of doing it until it satisfies my ear 🐳
ZZombyWooff
+panhead1219 thank you sir
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Marvin The Maniacal Dancing Ape
Skip to 4:48 if you want to get straight to the project.
Rachel Woodruff
to much chatter for a simple job.
TheBeist
How much do you charge to convert one to fretless?
patk2
is there a way to make it fretless without removing the frets 
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HAPPY WHALE
That's pretty dumb question dude. Would you mind to take some time to re-think/re-phrase it ???
patk2
I tried it and only two frets broke off and only on the edge 
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solar clapson
Ha! I have always known 45s as light gauge.
HAPPY WHALE
@ smb stressfest ```````````````````````````` Thank you kindly for sharing your knowledge and experience with the rest of us. Since Jaco ripped his frets out, using kitchen knife, and filled the gaps with the marine quality epoxy, things have changed, but not too drastically. Thank you again for opening our eyes/ears to the fretless...
Nick Grace
ive been trying tyo do this for days and havent even got one out, please help me
Kris Bluefield
Would it be possible to replace the veneer with some sort of epoxy/silicone?
HAPPY WHALE
That's exactly what Jaco did. He used marine grade of epoxy to fill the gaps/strengthen his neck and, as we can hear, it worked just fine for him.
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