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Fretless Conversion
(this information comes from Keith Roscoe of Roscoe Guitars)

We received an email from a bunnybass fan who needed our help. He had decided to go fretless with his Wal Custom Five String Bass. The frets had been removed and white wood filler placed in the voids that were left. He had not been able to obtain any other information as to where to go from there. So, we posed this question to Keith Roscoe and below is his response:

Fretless conversion:  The wood filler is not stable enough, so it should be cut out. The slots should be cleaned as well as possible. Then the slots should be filled with epoxy and the fingerboard coated with the same epoxy. The two part epoxy mix can be bought at hardware stores, or Lowes, or even some drug stores. Mix it well and start applying. Read the instructions well. Some epoxy sets up fast and some slowly. Work accordingly. After the epoxy sets up hard, lightly sand the fingerboard with 320 sandpaper (or something close to that grit size).. Use a flat, hard pad for the sandpaper backing. This is to level the epoxy on the board. Repeat this process until you have the build up desired. Also, note the fingerboard should be sanded flat (level) before applying the epoxy. Now, with that said, there are a hundred other varables that could come in to play, so good luck.

 

 

 

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