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Godin A4 Ultra Fretless Bass

Godin A4 Ultra Fretless Bass

Featuring a chambered Silver maple body with a spruce top, a rock maple neck with either an ebony (on the fretless models) or rosewood (on the fretted models), the Godin A4 Ultra Fretless Bass offers a very wide range of tonal possibilities. The bridge is ebony with a pin design, very unusual for an electric bass!

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Bruce Dowd Fretless Electric Gourd Banjo (consignment) SOLD

Bruce Dowd Fretless Electric Gourd Banjo (consignment)  SOLD

The banjo has an extremely long and varied history – aside from the drum and the human voice, it’s one of the oldest instruments. Over millennia the banjo has taken many forms but they all have common elements.

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1970 Fender Fretless Precision Bass No Longer Available

1970 Fender Fretless Precision Bass No Longer Available

Here is a great condition 1970 Fender Fretless Precision Bass. The Fender Precision Bass has been in continuous production since 1951, with some changes in response to musical trends.

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Electric Bass Partial Fretless Conversion

Electric Bass Partial Fretless Conversion

From time to time, our repair shop is asked to do something a little out of the ordinary.

Converting an electric bass to fretless is pretty standard, but what isn’t so standard is just converting part of the fingerboard to fretless, with frets at either end.

Here are a few images of a conversion performed in The Twelfth Fret’s Repair Shop by Dave Hill.

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Fender Jazz Bass 1966 – Fretless Conversion (consignment) No longer available

Fender Jazz Bass 1966 - Fretless Conversion (consignment) No longer available

Here’s a lovely Fender Jazz Bass from 1966, converted to fretless in 1985 by Joe Kovacic at Lado Guitars. This instrument has definitely been used as was intended, with the honest wear that implies.As people discovered the potential of the fretless sound – Pastorius in Weather Report probably had a lot to do with that – fretless conversions became popular for a few extra reasons. The conversion is fairly quick to do, not exceptionally expensive, and is usually reversible. The frets are removed, veneer is glued into the slots, the board is planed level and the action set low. The Twelfth Fret’s repair shop has done many of these conversions, in both directions.

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