fretless bass conversion(PART 1)

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I heard southern Indiana and then I subbed :o 

Written By Ben Perrine on June 2nd, 2014 @ 8:31 am

So did you use a file to groove the soldering iron? That’s quite an
interesting idea..

Written By Grey Gardener on June 2nd, 2014 @ 9:28 am

What kind of pliers do you use to pull the frets?

Written By jcaulk215 on June 2nd, 2014 @ 9:30 am

hey great vid! question: can I do this same process to defret a BANJO???

Written By Giac Hatanaka on June 2nd, 2014 @ 9:55 am

Jason, thanks for making these videos. Step by step walking through the
process has answered a ton of questions for me.

Excellent work, very professional. Much appreciated!


Written By William Green on June 2nd, 2014 @ 10:00 am

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

Written By ZZombyWooff on June 2nd, 2014 @ 10:19 am

I like this guy. He knows his stuff! Subbed.

Written By RockinDigger1 on June 2nd, 2014 @ 10:25 am

Thanks so much for the quick reply! Would steel wool work as well? I mean,
assuming that I either take the neck off or tape the pickups off.

Written By LJPV777 on June 2nd, 2014 @ 10:39 am

Hello man.I watched all your vids about the conversion and i am now going
to try this on a spare neck i have watching bit by bit your videos again.i
have one question is basics physics(or at least i think so) that
when an object it heated it expands.wo why you heat the frets before
removing them?doesnt this make them harder to pull out?(no offense intended
i am just a litle bit curious/confused)

Written By George Metzo on June 2nd, 2014 @ 11:26 am

Hey is it possible to convert from fretless to fretted?

Written By EVERETT WILLIAMS on June 2nd, 2014 @ 11:59 am

How hard would it be and how much would it be to convert a right handed
guitar to left hand?

Written By MIKEY20005 on June 2nd, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

what bass is that and how much was it?

Written By charlie jennings on June 2nd, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

Yeah, pretty much. No major differences that I can think of.

Written By smbstressfest on June 2nd, 2014 @ 1:12 pm

thanks a lot for replying so fast and well

Written By George Metzo on June 2nd, 2014 @ 1:55 pm

wow dude so you really need pro tools to do this kind of job i really want
to defrett my bass dude

Written By brandokilla1 on June 2nd, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

Hmm… that sounds like it could be a problem. I hope it will eventually move
more for you. Basses that have weak necks or truss rods that don’t adjust
well make poor candidates for fretless conversions.

Written By smbstressfest on June 2nd, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

It’s rockeT science by the way. Oh, and I’m sorry if you didn’t get your
refund. (and oh, I’ve been too late for everything)

Written By anish chacko on June 2nd, 2014 @ 3:58 pm

I normally adjust the rod so that the neck is straight when I remove the
frets. Then, if you check the neck again after the frets are gone, you’ll
be able to see what kind of effect the fret compression was having on the

Written By smbstressfest on June 2nd, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

Im making a fretless guitar, but the necks im choosing from have slots, but
i wanted a marker anyway. but im wandering if i can use mother of pearl in
the slits? my dad works with precise sawing and whatnot

Written By notrealy180217 on June 2nd, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

да хуйня это все, лады повыдергивал,да вставил в пазы медную проволоку, че
тут хуйней то маятся))))если ума нет, то и на басу с ладами хуй сыграл

Written By Дмитрий Васильев on June 2nd, 2014 @ 6:08 pm

Do you do other modifications?

Written By imb08 on June 2nd, 2014 @ 6:47 pm

BRAVISSIMO! Professionalissimo e Competente!!

Written By nicola zinni on June 2nd, 2014 @ 7:14 pm

@nuckbucker You’ll need to use flush ground end nippers to get under the
fret from the end and gently “walk it out”.

Written By smbstressfest on June 2nd, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

Jason-Quick question, can I do this job without a Radius Block? I dont plan
to re-radius de board and what Grits should I use? Im gana use flatwounds
so I dont think I need to do much to it. By the way the bass is a 6 string
and the Radius is 400mm (Came from the official site and they dont have
inches) If you could reply I would really apreciate it.

Written By FMJman2 on June 2nd, 2014 @ 8:16 pm

Nice video, what type of pliers are you using?

Written By modusoperandi303 on June 2nd, 2014 @ 8:28 pm

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