Johnk dead spot article from Best Bass Gear
Nice going, John!
Read that article a while back... really clever way of handling a common issue.
I had a 99 USA P bass that I really liked but it had a horrible deadspot on the G string, it was the B on this one. I wished I had seen this article year or so ago, I would have tried this. Sadly the bass is gone now, Oh well, good to know for future reference.
I much prefer a bass without the issue of course. But if I get one that I want to keep for all other reasons, I will try this. He is a truly great resource to TB, his cab builds get kudos too! oh sorry Brilliant!
My only concern is any added suspended weight can be a negative. Of course, this is after everything is checked for tightness, especially neck screws, that different tension strings have been tried so the truss rod is adjusted to see if just the right amount of compression will damp the resonance, and lighter tuners are tried.
I'd rather try a 3-piece neck, and if they aren't too expensive, something like lead or tungsten is more dense, and therefore a physically smaller slug that is easier to hide under the tuner plate and so not as deep a hole need be drilled is preferable.
You should give it a shot and report back. Won't even make you buy a 3-pc neck, either ;)
I'm not sure if it's still in the Talkbass archives, but about 10 years ago I had a similar problem with a Fender parts bass. I made a thread with a simple solution that a lot of TBer's seemed to dig. I still get the occasional contact for the pix that are gone from the original thread and long lost on an old, broken down laptop.
It was simply to get some semi-hefty metal washers that fit around the tuner bushings. You would put the washer around the shaft and screw the bushing back on (there will be more than enough threads to make up for the space the washer now takes up between the headstock surface and bushing nut head).
It looked good, was simple, cheap....and worked!
No drilling/modification required.
that's an old trick…. tried several times, but does not always work….
Sometimes there's no solution to a bad neck/body marriage!
Yeah, I remember that discussion/modification from way back in the day here on TB. Could have tried it but didn't have the heart or the guts to do the mod. Ended up just buying the Groove Tubes Fat Finger, clamped it on the headstock and called it a day.
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