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DIY Fretless Guitar Conversion


jimwratt

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I posted this in HCEG, but I just discovered this forum, so I figured you guys might be interested as well.

 

original thread here:http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?t=1906702

 

Well I finally got underway on my first fretless conversion this morning. It took about 45 minutes to pull all the frets out. Then I just spent an hour and a half this evening gluing in wood veneer lengths where the frets used to be. I let the wood glue set for a while (a little over an hour), then I started shaving and sanding the markers down to fretboard level, and strung her on up. Here are the pics

 

Before

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Frets coming out

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Frets totally out

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Markers going in

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Markers totally in

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Ready for sanding

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Half way done

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All strung up

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and I'm rockin

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the intonnation thing is a lot more manageable than what I'd anticipated, so I'm actually quite relieved. Would anyone happen to have some exercises that deal specifically with intonnation?

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Good job man, it looks great. I saw the original thread, and when I get home I'll take a listen.

 

I'm in the middle of refinishing my Jackson guitar. I got the paint sanded down the other day, and plan on doing some more light sanding and grain filling before I prime. Now you got me thinking about converting the neck on that guitar to fretless. It's a 24 fret guitar, so that should be fun, lol.

 

Good job mate!

 

Edit: May I ask what tutorial you followed? Thanks.

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Good job man, it looks great. I saw the original thread, and when I get home I'll take a listen.


I'm in the middle of refinishing my Jackson guitar. I got the paint sanded down the other day, and plan on doing some more light sanding and grain filling before I prime. Now you got me thinking about converting the neck on that guitar to fretless. It's a 24 fret guitar, so that should be fun, lol.


Good job mate!


Edit: May I ask what tutorial you followed? Thanks.

 

 

sure no problem, like the college student I am, I needed several sources.

 

my primary

http://www.bassland.net/howto1.htm

 

secondaries

http://infohost.nmt.edu/~jstarret/guitar.html

http://www.geocities.com/charlesarms/defretintro.htm

http://www.geocities.com/lessthanjakebass/defretting_guide.htm

 

here's what I used for fret markers

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=1224

 

here are the fret pullers and sanding block I used as well

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting_supplies/Pullers,_nippers,_sizing/Fret_Pullers.html

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting_supplies/Leveling/2/Fretboard_Radius-sanding_Blocks.html

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do you think this would work for an acoustic? I just got a {censored}ty acoustic for free and i want to try it on that before i mess with a more expensive guitar.

 

 

I definitely think it would work. A lot of guys like to do this with classical guitars because they have ebony fretboards which are very friendly to fretless playing. Even if yours isn't ebony, I think that a fretless steel string acoustic would be pretty cool and certainly wouldn't have a terrible sound. Just remember to use flatwound strings so you don't tear up your fretboard.

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