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Old 01-10-2018, 01:16 PM   #1
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm6Qk80BzDA&t=435s

Since there aren't cheap fretless guitar alternatives doing this seems to me is reasonable.

Would be a difference as playing or tonewise between a converted guitar and an originally fretless guitar?

Thoughts, opinions?
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Old 01-10-2018, 11:32 PM   #2
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I once had a Bass player friend ask me if I would convert his fretted bass into a fretless bass. I said sure and brought it home and carried it back the next day all finished. He was tickled pink. I told him, "If you ever want to do another one, find somebody else to do it because it took me 4 hours to file those frets down flush with the fretboard." After I got the frets filed down, I then had to medium sand and then fine sand and then superfine sand. Then reinstall the neck and restring it. It looked great and the old fretwires made great fret position marks. If I wanted a Fretless, I'd order a Warmoth neck with position markers and no frets.
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yeah a lot of work and a lot of risk of botching it up too. buy a fretless neck...
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I'll check the warmoth fretless neck prices.

Thank you very much for input guys.
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Old 01-11-2018, 02:57 PM   #5
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Just pull the frets, and fill the slots with wood putty. If you are careful you wont have to sand it at all. If you want to see the "frets" use a contrasting color, and if not there are many colors so you can match the fretboard.
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Taxes, Currency and Shipping Cost make Warmoth Necks infeasable for me.

I make luthier this happen.
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I've thought about doing a fretless conversion. I would pull the frets, fill the slots with plastic purfling strip, then glues them in and fill any chips with slow-setting epoxy. This would make neat-looking fret location markers, and any chips would be virtually invisible. After levelling, I would problably harden the board with a lot of superglue (I've used this on reso soundwells), or hard epoxy as suggested in the vid.
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