Modification

What to do when you´re in love with the bass but just wish it were different. In this case with a maple lined fretless ebony fretboard.. At Unicornbass this is everyday stuff.  We make your dreams real!

Now read on..

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On the jig for routing off the fretboard. this way the neck isn´t exposed to extreme temperatures like when heating with an iron.

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From the neck end…

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Just small steps… letting the tensions in the neck go all by itself.

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Getting very close now. Micro adjusting the jig for absolute tension release and correcting.

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Here you´ll see that  the neck hasn´t been all that even.

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The routing is also correcting a small twist at the head end. So it will be even straighter than before.

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Ready for new fretboard after cleaning.

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At truss adjustment end. It will have to look exacly the same after so careful attention to detail…

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Using clamps for correct alignment.

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Glued and waiting for the shaping of the fretboard ends.

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The fretboard shaping takes a lot of time, careful attention and craftmanship. One slip…

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Radiused at 16" if memory serves me right. I have my own very precise radiussing machine.

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If you can´t spot the mod, I have succeeded.

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Closer look..

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It became a very nice and "singing" bass due to tension relief and a dense ebony board. Always nice to work with this customer as well!

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2 Comments
  1. Absolute,attention ,to detail.Never seen,a fredboard removed,one,micro slice,at a time.Makes perfect sense.Great work ,at Unicorn, as always.Cheers

    • Hi Norman! Thanks for the kind words! It’s always fun to do those kinds of works.