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I did it myself with a small pair of Vice Grips and some sandpaper and wood rubbing oil (no clue what it was, my dad had it lying around). It came out very nice except it was a cheap bass to begin with, so there are lots of chips, but they are small and they look cool.

 

Here is the link to the thread I started abot my fretless conversion. It has pictures too!

Fretless Conversion

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I did mine for about $30. It started as a MIM fretted jazz. Some of them cae out easy, some more challenging. It ain't perfect, but it plays pretty well and sounds better every week. It is my "project bass" where I try different things. I don't plan to sell it as I'd never get anything for it. I also gave i tthe "relic" treatment with a friend and a garage floor. It was fun.
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TIP: DONT MAKE YOUR BASS FRETLESS UNLESS YOU HAVE ANOTHER FRETTED ONE!!!! YOU MIGHT REGRET IT!!! ...and have to buy another fretted prematurely...
http://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/blue.JPGhttp://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/black.JPGhttp://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/fuscia.JPGhttp://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/grey.JPGhttp://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/orange.JPGhttp://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/purple.JPGhttp://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/red.JPGhttp://www.briantimpe.com/images/LDL/dots/yellow.JPG
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Yeah, I'd have to agree with phil. I did it a long time ago to a cheap bass, and whilst it made it a much cooler bass, I still only had that one bass, so my slapping skills (which were nil anyway) deteriorated into nothingness quite rapidly. I now have one of each, so it's all good.
Well, I see greenboy is back, so why the heck not....
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Actually, the range of prices I was quoted went from "around $200.00" (based on a description, they had to see the bass) to "$450 + 2 weeks".

I am going to do it myself.

And Stew-Mac's fret pullers are in the $30-$35.00 range, delivered.

 

Peace,

 

wraub

 

I'm a lot more like I am now than I was when I got here.

 

 

 

 

 

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