This vintage 80's Tokai bass was brought in the workshop after being shipped in from Japan.
The bass had been poorly converted into a fretless, the previous owner must of ripped the frets out, leading to large amounts of tearout on the wood.
The fretslots had then been filled with white filler, which had spread into the surrounding tearout, causing large patches of white all over the board. The board was also in very poor condition and was very dry, obviously had been neglected for sometime.
Below is details on our restoration of the fingerboard.
The amount of damage to the board was horrifying with the filler used all over the board filling the tearout. The filler that had been used was breaking down into a powder but it had spread into the surrounding wood.
As well, the board had deep grooves where round wound strings had been used instead of flat wounds, all this damaged needed to be sorted.
Before the board restoration could continue a nasty separation of the board from the neck had to be dealt with , this was caused by the age of the board and how dry the wood was. The crack was clamped and glued, left to dry then cleaned up ready for the next step to begin
The tearout and damage to the board was filled with a mixture of woodglue and rosewood sawdust!
Below are some photos of the finished project, the customer collected the bass, and fitted a new scratchplate and some roundwound strings, before bringing it back to us for a setup!