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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

Postby Wonks » Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:28 pm

All you need is a radius block (of the same radius as the board), double sided tape, and a selection of sandpapers and you could re-radius the board yourself. If it's a natural finish board, tape up the body around the neck and just sand away with coarse paper until all the pits are gone, then lighter sanding with finer grits until the board is smooth again.

You'd need to remove and replace the nut so you can sand all the way to the end, but that's a few seconds work.

If the board's been epoxied, then its just a question of filling in the pits with more epoxy resin (a clear resin mix rather than glue!), then do the radius block sanding again but then finish off with wet-sanding with micromesh all through the grits.

If you aren't sure of the radius of the board, you can get a set of radius gauges from eBay or Amazon for a few quid (or you can always just radius the board to a flatter spec if you want).

Crimson guitars are about the best place to get radius blocks. Get the longest for ease of making sure the whole board is as level as possible. Note that these are made to order and mine took ages to arrive. https://crimsonguitars.com/store/radius ... s-lengths/
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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:31 pm

I've just bought one of these (will add pic of mine later). I love the dot markers, subtle but effective.

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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

Postby BillB » Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:17 pm

Wonks, thanks for the technical advice, but that sounds like a catalogue of all the things I could possibly do wrong :headbang:
I would rather pay someone who knows what they are doing, than learn the hard way...
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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:51 pm

Not Yorkshire (quite) but Brian Eastwood and his son Michael in Bacup are very good and extremely helpful.
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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:18 pm

You utter utter utter bastards. I now have extreme GAS for a fretless bass.
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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

Postby Wonks » Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:20 pm

Wal, wal, wal, wot's all this then?

(I'd called the fretless bass police).
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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:31 pm

Surely thats L,O,-L,O,-L,O,?
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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

Postby BillB » Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:37 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:Not Yorkshire (quite) but Brian Eastwood and his son Michael in Bacup are very good and extremely helpful.

Thanks Sam. He seems to be a bit more than a ‘tech’... I would be worried about insulting him with a ’sand and setup’ request.
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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

Postby Wonks » Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:56 pm

Sam knows Brian well, so tell him Sam sent you (though Sam's not his real name).
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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

Postby blinddrew » Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:01 pm

I guess I have a fretless bass, but at the moment the wear on the fingerboard is reaching the point of frets in a couple of places...
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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

Postby awjoe » Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:19 pm

Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:You utter utter utter bastards. I now have extreme GAS for a fretless bass.

BAS in your case.
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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

Postby MOF » Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:38 pm

Yes, before 1984, I got my first proper job in 1975, then I left Nottingham in 1986.
There have always been guitar shops but when Carlsboro then its replacement Millennium ceased trading there were no hi-tec shops for keyboards, software etc until PMT arrived. Although a lot of it is now demoable with software downloads it’s still nice to audition real bits of kit.
I went halves with my brother on a Peavey fretless bass some years ago, inspired by Pino on No Parlez of course.
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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

Postby Phil Ward » Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:58 am

Well whadda ya know! I write a truck load of stuff about monitors in the magazine and hardly anybody bats an eyelid, but I write a few hundred words about my love of fretless and suddenly there's a huge forum thread. Really, really great to read it all (and see some pics of some brilliant old instruments). Keep it coming.

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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

Postby BillB » Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:15 am

Monitors vs Fretless Basses?

No competition, really :bouncy:

But thanks for setting us off!
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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

Postby Wonks » Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:47 pm

Now a Fretless Monitor article could really pull the punters in.... :D
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