Re: Dead spots


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Posted by El Pájaro on July 26, 2000 at 06:27:10:

In Reply to: Dead spots posted by Colin on July 25, 2000 at 13:54:15:

: I've a couple of basses and they both have a dead spot on the G string 7th fret - one's worse than the other.

: Anyone know what causes this and is there any cure?

Hey there,
I'm sure someone here should be able to explain the causes of dead spots better than me, but for all I know dead spots might be caused by frequency cancellations, which in turn are due to neck wood inconsistencies.
Some time ago I read an article by Rick Turner (living guru of the bass builders) in which he commented a job he had done on one particularly problematic bass a client took him: he took the fingerborad away from the neck, inserted a couple of graphite bars, then glued the fingerborad back in, and ..voilá! Away was the dead spot.
The moral? Apparently, more stiffness in theck (from the graphite bars) helps taming dead spots (not to mention it will prevent your neck from warping 'n twisting like a fish out of the water). Actually, an all-graphite neck would be the ideal cure to your problem (that's why I love my Modulus bass so much, maybe). Hope this helped. Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,

El Pájaro.




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