Dead spot or dissonance on G string 5th fret? DIY set up
Ok, so I'm not a luthier and have finally watched/read enough material that I thought I could do my own set-up. For the most part, I've succeeded. This is a brand new Fender Precision Special.
I took some relief out of the neck to where the action was acceptable to me, raising the action on the E string a little so that it didn't buzz. I also tried to intonate the bass with my Korg rack mount tuner. I realize that I really should get a strobe tuner, but I think I'm very close.
Anyway, the G string seems to have a dissonant sound on the fifth fret, as if it were a little flat maybe, but I don't think it's that. Maybe the frets aren't quite level? I really don't know. I suppose I'll have to take it to a qualified person to figure out.
I'm really please with how it plays now, except for this issue.
Welcome to the infamous "Dead spot" club.
A quick search on TB will result in numerous threads bemoaning this phenomena.
I have 5 basses and 2 of them have dead spots right around the 5 - 7 fret, G string.
Changing strings, setting up the bass and other fixes seem to only slightly improve the resonance for a few days.
Some folks say the 'Fat finger' clamp, available online that adds weight to the headstock will improve resonance
Yup, that's the classic spot for a dead spot.
I have the same bass. My G at the 6th and 7th fret is a little bit thinner sounding than
the other notes. The fundamental (the low deep part of the tone) also seems to die out
a little sooner on these two frets, leaving the overtones.
Possibly the dissonance you are hearing is an overtone, if you have something similar happening. The strings supplied new on my bass are pretty strong on overtones. They
are not my favorite strings for a P bass. Don't have any recommendations, though. Still
Yeah, that seems to be it. The fundamental dies quickly.
You may be interested in this thread started by John K http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/dea...emoval-743976/. To put it bluntly, he's pretty sharp and this seems to work.
All the best,
Try a lighter gauge of strings. Always worked for me.
Many players just learn to play around it. If your style can accommodate that you're okay. When played on quickly and percussively in a lick it's not noticeable, but there's no holding notes on it. I've had basses with dead spots that were in the middle of the neck and I had to get rid of them. I couldn't work with it.
Not every bass has it, but enough do (particularly Fenders) to make it a recognized condition and not a one-off. Typically adding mass will move it towards the nut. Fender has recently reissued the Fatfinger headstock clamp and I swear by them - I have 5 or 6 on different basses. It'll make a very annoying feature quite palatable. It might not eliminate it completely, but it'll put it in a place that's easier to deal with.
Lot's of info on this.
BTW, just so you don't feel bad - graphite necks can get them too, as well as Alembics and Sadowskys. It's in the wood and you don't know what you'll get until it's all done.
1. I can fret it with my 1st finger, with the rest of the fingers "upstream" from it, and it sounds pretty bad, unless I hit it quick as you've said.
2. I can fret it with my third finger (ring finger) with the rest of the fingers "downstream" and it sounds pretty normal, if not normal.
3. I bought a couple of magnets and placed them on the back of the headstock at the D, then G, tuners, and noticed a little improvement.
I'm going to keep experimenting with it. I may get a fat finger and move on down the road.
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