This week we’ve been taking a fretless Fender Jazz Bass to the next level. Our friend Scott had defretted this instrument and filled the slots, but he wanted to protect the fingerboard and improve the tone. We discussed a few options with him and he decided to have the fingerboard coated with thin protective layer of cyanoacrylate (super glue). Cyanoacrylate works really well on fretless fingerboards – it is strong, resists wear, and sounds great. (Our own Shop Manager Benjamin did this on his own fretless bass years ago and it has held up extremely well.) This effectively hardens the fingerboard and brightens the tone, and brings out a more singing sustain from the strings. It looks damn good, too. Check it out:
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