Re: Dead spots

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Posted by Ollan Agtual on August 02, 2000 at 05:21:32:

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?

I have the same problem with my '77 Fender Jazz. I don't exactly know what the cause of dead-spots are (harmonic imperfections of the wood?), but, I did read somewhere, that dead-spots can be tamed or fixed by adding more mass to the headstock.

I found something at my local music store called "Fatfinger", and it does exactly that. The nice thing about it is that it doesn't require any modifications to your axe (it clamps on to the headstock), and it's under $50.00 US. It's marketed by groovetubes ( The same company also manufactures "Fathead", which is a plate that mounts to the back of the headstock. They claim this will kill all the dead-spots. Same price range (I think). Hope this helps.

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