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Old 6th March 2012, 01:00 PM   #321
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carbon fretboard and steel strings = potential fatality.
not sure what you are saying, but I play on the frets and not on the fretboard
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Old 6th March 2012, 01:04 PM   #322
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i played a ibanez cant remember the model , with carbon body and neck and it was fine , very confortable specialy for slapbass
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Old 6th March 2012, 09:19 PM   #323
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If you're going to build your own, do what I did to my el-cheapo bass...

Get a nice sharp chisel, and prise the frets off, one by one. One or two were glued (soldering iron needed to loosen), and the neck needed a little sanding afterwards, but I've got a fretless! I happen to think it's brilliant: the lines were the frets were are still there, so the intonation is rarely out. And such smooth slides!

Just watch out for trying slap bass with no frets on a relatively soft neck - ordinary strings can put marks on it. Got myself some flatwounds

Pictures later
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Old 6th March 2012, 09:37 PM   #324
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the neck needed a little sanding afterwards, but I've got a fretless!
nice cheap trick to make a lined fretless

hmm, Im sometimes trying to play without looking, and fretless might be the next step in that direction
might be worth to think about
but fretless takes a bit more 'courage'
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I've done the same thing with an old Framus bass. In the meantime I regret having done so because 1.) this would have been a good candidate for baritone tuning and fast playing and 2) I have enough other fretless basses including an ERB.

Refretting might be quite some work until they are really even.

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This was my only bass, so I got the gig out of the way (was helping out a friend) then took a chisel to it.
I actually did it during a music lesson/practice session in college, so I got some odd looks when I calmly took out a chisel and a soldering iron and got to work. Asked teacher's permission first, of course.
It was a cheap "Encore" P-bass copy, so nothing major lost if I knackered it.

I'm saving up for a "proper" bass next, maybe a Fender Jazz or Precision.

Back to speakers, how does it sound, tinitus?

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Old 7th March 2012, 08:31 PM   #327
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Back to speakers, how does it sound, tinitus?
tremendous
after I spent some time tuning my bass bridge, its a low end tonal monster
top end could be a little better
but Im working on that

but stay tuned
a few bits and pieces coming up
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I know I have shown this photo before
but it still shows a very remarkable thing

notice the empty holes in the acoustic material
I did that to loosen it up
I said I lacked top end, but liked the low end, which was very smooth with nicely prolonges sustain
loosening it up gave me back some of the top end, but the low end became more 'spunky', and less smooth

now I have filled in the holes with very loose acoustic material, like the other used
I now have much better top end
and I got the tighter and smooth low end sustain back

its really remarkable how little it takes to make a difference
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man, this is tough work
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