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As I get closer and closer to building up the gumption of defretting my Super J, I've stumbled across another potential issue in my thought process. My bridge is set almost as low as it will go to get the action I prefer (about 5/64" at the 12th fret). When I remove the frets, I'm going to have to shim the neck in order to get the string height set properly, as the brige isn't going to lower enough once the frets are gone. I've done this on my defretted Ovation (fanned scale!) with no problems, but I'm curious how Dingwall makes fretless Super Js, if any. When making fretless instruments, are you making the neck pocket more shallow, or making the heel of the neck deeper? Or is there perhaps some other way you're addressing the eventual fretless setup issue?
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Ben Sheldon builds up the epoxy coating to roughly the height of the frets. So if one had a DW fretted and fretless neck you should be able to switch between them w/almost no adjustment of the saddle heigths. [quote="Benjamin Strange":2hee1g1v]As I get closer and closer to building up the gumption of defretting my Super J, I've stumbled across another potential issue in my thought process. My bridge is set almost as low as it will go to get the action I prefer (about 5/64" at the 12th fret). When I remove the frets, I'm going to have to shim the neck in order to get the string height set properly, as the brige isn't going to lower enough once the frets are gone. I've done this on my defretted Ovation (fanned scale!) with no problems, but I'm curious how Dingwall makes fretless Super Js, if any. When making fretless instruments, are you making the neck pocket more shallow, or making the heel of the neck deeper? Or is there perhaps some other way you're addressing the eventual fretless setup issue?[/quote:2hee1g1v]
13 years ago
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What Funkshwey said. PS: we have full pocket, tapered neck shims available if you need.
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Interesting. Well, I don't plan on slapping that much epoxy on my board - I'll probably just make a shim. Thanks for the insight.
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[quote="Benjamin Strange":3a8j6saa]Interesting. Well, I don't plan on slapping that much epoxy on my board - I'll probably just make a shim. Thanks for the insight.[/quote:3a8j6saa] If you need a shim, get it from Sheldon. His shims fit perfectly and fill the entire neck pocket giving you a perfectly even surface. The set of two shims gives you three possible neck heights. They're easy to install and the low price is well worth the hassle you will avoid making your own.
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13 years ago
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":3m9ywnrt] PS: we have full pocket, tapered neck shims available if you need.[/quote:3m9ywnrt] That's what I call perfect customer service
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