Re: dead spot

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Posted by splatbass on January 15, 2002 at 21:55:11:

In Reply to: Re: dead spot posted by splatbass on January 15, 2002 at 01:53:01:

: : On my fender jazz there is a horrible dead spot on the G string around the 7th fret. All the other strings are fine, is it the fret or what? How can I fix this? Thanks.

: I have the same problem on my Fender Jazz, and to varying degrees on my Yamaha 5 string, my Warwick fretless 4 string, and my Tobias Toby Pro 4. The only thing these basses have in common is the 34" scale, so I think that may have something to do with it. And while it is more obvious on the G string, 7th fret, it is there at every "D" on the bass to some extent, so it appears to be the frequency, not the the location. I am lucky in that none of my basses are bad enough to describe as "horrible", but noticable only if you are really listening. I've heard that graphite necks reduce this, but I don't have any personal experience with them. There is also a device that adds weight to the headstock to change the frequency that is dead. I don't have any experience with this either, but it is fairly inexpensive and might be worth a try.

The device that attaches to your headstock is called "Fat Fingers" and is available from Musicians Friend for around $30. It might be worth a try, certainly cheaper than buying a new bass.

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