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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on May 17, 2001 at 01:13:57:

In Reply to: FatFinger posted by Francis X. on May 17, 2001 at 00:14:21:

: Anyone out there use one of those brass FatFinger weights that clamp on the headstock of your bass and supposedly give it better sustain?

Francis,
I haven't used one myself, but the principle that they work on is valid.

The idea is that when the FatFinger is clamped to the neck, it increases the neck's mass, which in turn adds to the sustain. It's not a new idea; back in the 70's and 80's, there was a big fad for brass nuts, bridges, etc., in order to increase sustain in guitars and basses. I also seem to remember somebody making brass plates that were fit onto the back of the headstock (tuners had to be removed, if memory serves) to increase sustain, which is the same general idea as the FatFinger.

Does it work? I saw a couple user reviews at Harmony Central (www.harmony-central.com), and out of 3 user reviews, 2 of them were *very* positive and one had kind of a "sour grapes" feel to it. I'd say that if you take the time to tweak the placement (it *will* take some time, too), it should work well, but it's going to depend on what you're looking for it to do.

Hope that helps!

-Bob



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