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  • Freless Conversion

    So I finally got cracking on my first fretless conversion this morning. It took about 45 minutes to pull all the frets out. Then I just spent the last hour and a half gluing in wood veneer lengths where the frets used to be. I'm gonna let the wood glue set for a while and then I'll get on to shaving and sanding the markers down to fretboard level. Here's some pics

    Before


    Frets coming out


    Frets totally out


    Markers going in



    Markers totally in

    <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Mesa/Boogie Mob</b><br />
    <br />
    <u>My Gear</u><br />
    Fender American Deluxe V Neck (w/ sustainiac stealth plus)<br />
    Warmoth Tele (Bridge: Dimarzio Breed, Neck: GFS Hot Nashville)<br />
    ESP-LTD MH-301<br />
    Mesa/Boogie Lonestar Special 112<br />
    Boss GT-8<br />
    Vox V848 Clyde McCoy Wah<br />
    EHX Micro POG<br />
    Afri-Can Guitar<br />
    Xotic Effects BB Preamp MB<br />
    Xaviere XV-700 Redflake Fretless<br />
    Crate V18-112<br />
    Outlaw Supply Ole Fuzzy<br />
    <br />
    <u>Good deals with:</u> <br />
    Mfergel<br />
    NOS68<br />
    jdh4him (on the Boogie Boards)</div>

  • #2
    keep us posted on the results, im watching. Id like to try this on a pos rouge strat neck I have

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    • #3
      Ready for sanding


      Half way done


      All strung up
      <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Mesa/Boogie Mob</b><br />
      <br />
      <u>My Gear</u><br />
      Fender American Deluxe V Neck (w/ sustainiac stealth plus)<br />
      Warmoth Tele (Bridge: Dimarzio Breed, Neck: GFS Hot Nashville)<br />
      ESP-LTD MH-301<br />
      Mesa/Boogie Lonestar Special 112<br />
      Boss GT-8<br />
      Vox V848 Clyde McCoy Wah<br />
      EHX Micro POG<br />
      Afri-Can Guitar<br />
      Xotic Effects BB Preamp MB<br />
      Xaviere XV-700 Redflake Fretless<br />
      Crate V18-112<br />
      Outlaw Supply Ole Fuzzy<br />
      <br />
      <u>Good deals with:</u> <br />
      Mfergel<br />
      NOS68<br />
      jdh4him (on the Boogie Boards)</div>

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      • #4
        and I'm rockin
        <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Mesa/Boogie Mob</b><br />
        <br />
        <u>My Gear</u><br />
        Fender American Deluxe V Neck (w/ sustainiac stealth plus)<br />
        Warmoth Tele (Bridge: Dimarzio Breed, Neck: GFS Hot Nashville)<br />
        ESP-LTD MH-301<br />
        Mesa/Boogie Lonestar Special 112<br />
        Boss GT-8<br />
        Vox V848 Clyde McCoy Wah<br />
        EHX Micro POG<br />
        Afri-Can Guitar<br />
        Xotic Effects BB Preamp MB<br />
        Xaviere XV-700 Redflake Fretless<br />
        Crate V18-112<br />
        Outlaw Supply Ole Fuzzy<br />
        <br />
        <u>Good deals with:</u> <br />
        Mfergel<br />
        NOS68<br />
        jdh4him (on the Boogie Boards)</div>

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        • #5


          will you post sound clips when it's done?
          .<p><img border="0" align="center" alt="blown away gif" src="/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/6289iEEAF33ECECD246E7/image-size/original?v=mpbl-1&amp;px=-1" title="blown away gif"></p>

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          • #6
            what's this do to the sound?

            +1 on the sound clips wanted.
            <div class="signaturecontainer">Member/cofounder of the <font color="Navy">Fender Benders</font>.<br />
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            <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>Dom1412</strong>
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            <div class="message">Anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?</div>

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            <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>V-man</strong>
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            <div class="message">My uncle got into a bar fight with a tele wielding blackbear and lost an eye, and my ex wife's name was Fender Stratocaster.</div>

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            </div> Good trades with- adlo76, Doctor Morbius, V-Man</div>

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            • #7
              I have to do the clips tomorrow because its too late to turn my amp on and record. They will be coming though. I'm jamming out to some Dave Fiuczynski right now on headphones and I haven't been this excited since I learned the opening lick to Purple Haze when I was 13.
              <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Mesa/Boogie Mob</b><br />
              <br />
              <u>My Gear</u><br />
              Fender American Deluxe V Neck (w/ sustainiac stealth plus)<br />
              Warmoth Tele (Bridge: Dimarzio Breed, Neck: GFS Hot Nashville)<br />
              ESP-LTD MH-301<br />
              Mesa/Boogie Lonestar Special 112<br />
              Boss GT-8<br />
              Vox V848 Clyde McCoy Wah<br />
              EHX Micro POG<br />
              Afri-Can Guitar<br />
              Xotic Effects BB Preamp MB<br />
              Xaviere XV-700 Redflake Fretless<br />
              Crate V18-112<br />
              Outlaw Supply Ole Fuzzy<br />
              <br />
              <u>Good deals with:</u> <br />
              Mfergel<br />
              NOS68<br />
              jdh4him (on the Boogie Boards)</div>

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              • #8
                I have to do the clips tomorrow because its too late to turn my amp on and record. They will be coming though. I'm jamming out to some Dave Fiuczynski right now on headphones and I haven't been this excited since I learned the opening lick to Purple Haze when I was 13.


                can't wait-i've been eying my cheap-o peavey p-bass thinking about doing the same thing. i actually can't recall ever hearing a fretless guitar...

                btw...weren't you more excited the first time you ever touched a naked girl?

                .<p><img border="0" align="center" alt="blown away gif" src="/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/6289iEEAF33ECECD246E7/image-size/original?v=mpbl-1&amp;px=-1" title="blown away gif"></p>

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                • #9
                  can't wait-i've been eying my cheap-o peavey p-bass thinking about doing the same thing. i actually can't recall ever hearing a fretless guitar...

                  btw...weren't you more excited the first time you ever touched a naked girl?



                  That was before I was 13 oke:
                  <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Mesa/Boogie Mob</b><br />
                  <br />
                  <u>My Gear</u><br />
                  Fender American Deluxe V Neck (w/ sustainiac stealth plus)<br />
                  Warmoth Tele (Bridge: Dimarzio Breed, Neck: GFS Hot Nashville)<br />
                  ESP-LTD MH-301<br />
                  Mesa/Boogie Lonestar Special 112<br />
                  Boss GT-8<br />
                  Vox V848 Clyde McCoy Wah<br />
                  EHX Micro POG<br />
                  Afri-Can Guitar<br />
                  Xotic Effects BB Preamp MB<br />
                  Xaviere XV-700 Redflake Fretless<br />
                  Crate V18-112<br />
                  Outlaw Supply Ole Fuzzy<br />
                  <br />
                  <u>Good deals with:</u> <br />
                  Mfergel<br />
                  NOS68<br />
                  jdh4him (on the Boogie Boards)</div>

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    .weren't you more excited the first time you ever touched a naked girl?



                    it's a different kind of excited... er... I hope... I really really hope.
                    <div class="signaturecontainer">Member/cofounder of the <font color="Navy">Fender Benders</font>.<br />
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                    <div class="bbcode_quote">
                    <div class="quote_container">
                    <div class="bbcode_quote_container"></div>

                    <div class="bbcode_postedby">
                    <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>Dom1412</strong>
                    <a href="showthread.php?p=33559073#post33559073" rel="nofollow"><img class="inlineimg" src="images/buttons/viewpost-right.png" alt="View Post" /></a>
                    </div>
                    <div class="message">Anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?</div>

                    </div>
                    </div>
                    </div> <div class="bbcode_container">
                    <div class="bbcode_quote">
                    <div class="quote_container">
                    <div class="bbcode_quote_container"></div>

                    <div class="bbcode_postedby">
                    <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>V-man</strong>
                    <a href="showthread.php?p=33451772#post33451772" rel="nofollow"><img class="inlineimg" src="images/buttons/viewpost-right.png" alt="View Post" /></a>
                    </div>
                    <div class="message">My uncle got into a bar fight with a tele wielding blackbear and lost an eye, and my ex wife's name was Fender Stratocaster.</div>

                    </div>
                    </div>
                    </div> Good trades with- adlo76, Doctor Morbius, V-Man</div>

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                    • #11
                      CLIPS CLIPS CLIPS CLIPS CLIPS CLIPS CLIPS CLIPS CLIPS CLIPS CLIPS CLIPS
                      http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_songInfo.cfm?bandID=434569&songID=6316991
                      <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Mesa/Boogie Mob</b><br />
                      <br />
                      <u>My Gear</u><br />
                      Fender American Deluxe V Neck (w/ sustainiac stealth plus)<br />
                      Warmoth Tele (Bridge: Dimarzio Breed, Neck: GFS Hot Nashville)<br />
                      ESP-LTD MH-301<br />
                      Mesa/Boogie Lonestar Special 112<br />
                      Boss GT-8<br />
                      Vox V848 Clyde McCoy Wah<br />
                      EHX Micro POG<br />
                      Afri-Can Guitar<br />
                      Xotic Effects BB Preamp MB<br />
                      Xaviere XV-700 Redflake Fretless<br />
                      Crate V18-112<br />
                      Outlaw Supply Ole Fuzzy<br />
                      <br />
                      <u>Good deals with:</u> <br />
                      Mfergel<br />
                      NOS68<br />
                      jdh4him (on the Boogie Boards)</div>

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        That's freaking awesome. I've always wanted a fretless...
                        <div class="signaturecontainer"><font face="Comic Sans MS"><b>-h</b><br />
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                        Links:<br />
                        <a href="http://myspace.com/hvspiratesvsninjas" target="_blank">-h vs pirates vs ninjas</a><br />
                        <a href="http://sites.google.com/site/hanzarai/Home/hazarai-addict" target="_blank">-hazarai addict</a><br />
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                        My rig:<br />
                        -2005 Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded, Tobacco Burst -Korg Pitchblack -Fulltone OCD -Electro Harmonix Small Stone Nano -Electro Harmonix Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai -Mesa Boogie Nomad 45 1x12<br />
                        Other stuff I have:<br />
                        -Flea Ukulele -Line 6 POD 2.0 -Roland Microcube -Boss PH-3</font></font><font size="1"><br />
                        </font></div>

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                        • #13
                          ohohoh! I just listened to the clips! That sounds freaking deluxe. Good job!
                          <div class="signaturecontainer"><font face="Comic Sans MS"><b>-h</b><br />
                          <br />
                          Links:<br />
                          <a href="http://myspace.com/hvspiratesvsninjas" target="_blank">-h vs pirates vs ninjas</a><br />
                          <a href="http://sites.google.com/site/hanzarai/Home/hazarai-addict" target="_blank">-hazarai addict</a><br />
                          <font size="1"><br />
                          My rig:<br />
                          -2005 Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded, Tobacco Burst -Korg Pitchblack -Fulltone OCD -Electro Harmonix Small Stone Nano -Electro Harmonix Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai -Mesa Boogie Nomad 45 1x12<br />
                          Other stuff I have:<br />
                          -Flea Ukulele -Line 6 POD 2.0 -Roland Microcube -Boss PH-3</font></font><font size="1"><br />
                          </font></div>

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                          • #14
                            Awesome thread. I've been thinking about de-fretting my danelectro for a while, and this thread may have pushed me over the edge, especially after listening to that clip.

                            How would you rate this project in terms of difficulty? Maybe compared to some other projects you've done?

                            Also, could you talk a bit more about your intonation issues? You mentioned that it was easier to adjust to than you'd predicted. Is this with single-note lines, chords, both? I'm especially interested in how tricky it is to keep chords in tune, as this is I imagine that toughest part, esp. with some trickier chord shapes.

                            Thanks a bunch.
                            <div class="signaturecontainer">'06 Eastman T146 w/ Vintage Vibe HCC Pickup<br />
                            '07 Danelectro 59-DC Reissue<br />
                            Anonymous Acoustic Archtop w/ K&amp;K Archtop Pickup<br />
                            <br />
                            '67 BF Fender Bassman Head<br />
                            LopoLine 1x15 Cab w/ Jensen CP-15N</div>

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                            • #15
                              Well done!

                              I'm impressed.

                              My experience with a fretless guitar was comical at best. It wasn't my guitar so I didn't play it much. I was to dependent on getting close and letting the fret do the work.

                              Had you had much experience with fretless guitar before you did this?

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