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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Question about maple neck on fretless

99magred
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Houston, TX

Willie
Aug 31st, 2016 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm looking at a Precision fretless that a bout 40+ years old. It's in good shape (not excellent, but nice). However, the maple neck has two nasty dents. Since the bass is about 5 States away, it's difficult to try it out or see it in person.

Will two dents in the neck affect its play-ability? I was not planning to buy this as a keepsake but as a bass I could use.

Thanks

(This message was last edited by 99magred at 01:30 PM, Aug 31st, 2016)

Te 52

Laws of Physics

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Aug 31st, 2016 12:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Are we talking about dents on the fingerboard or on the back of the neck?

99magred
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Houston, TX

Willie
Aug 31st, 2016 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry about that... it's in the fingerboard...

Te 52

Laws of Physics

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Aug 31st, 2016 12:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That could affect playability on a fretless, depending on where the dents are, their depth and orientation.

I would consider buying without trying high risk, but careful study of good clear close-up photos might change my mind.

jm2ยข. Wouldn't mind hearing some other opinions on this one.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 02:47 PM, Aug 31st, 2016)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 31st, 2016 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The location of the dents would be a deal killer for me.

George

rwb
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Canada

The Plankster of Love
Aug 31st, 2016 01:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes I agree with George. On a fretted bass.... maybe you get away with it, but not a fretless. Beware.

digiboy

New York City

Aug 31st, 2016 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Any flaw in the fingerboard on a fretless cannot be dismissed as trivial. Needs very careful testing around the areas of the neck in question. I would not buy that bass without trying it!

A small dent is less important on a fretted bass but still needs to be looked at.

99magred
Contributing Member

Houston, TX

Willie
Sep 1st, 2016 01:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks to all the comments... that was my concern also... I just wanted to make sure I wasn't over thinking it.. It's one of those deals where I really wanted an older fretless with a maple fingerboard. I was afraid I was jumping too quickly because I finally found one...

Thanks much for the advice.

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Sep 1st, 2016 06:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

99:

Curious to know the kind of music you play that would have you in search of a maple board fretless. How about your amp and cab?

Thanks.

George

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Sep 1st, 2016 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A guy from Nashville gave me a worn, maple P neck that he used rounds on for years. I lightly sanded the fingerboard (which had a lot of round damage) using a radius block, and sprayed on 4 coats of Defthane very hard polyurethane...satin, sanding after each coat.

The neck looked like new. I used tapewounds on it from then on. The current owner loves it. No more wear is evident.

A current method of filling dents (chips, etc) is using the UV light catalyzed clear adhesive for filler (as seen on TV.) These kits can be had for around $10 on line. You put the adhesive in the dent, use the UV pen to cure the adhesive, then scrap with a blade, and finish.

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