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Are there any cons to hipshot ultralites?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Sprudellio, Nov 29, 2005.


  1. Sprudellio

    Sprudellio

    Oct 16, 2002
    Germany
    Hi!

    I'm thinking about installing hipshot ultralites into my geddy lee signature, because it's a little neck heavy. Now I'd like to know whether there are any downsides to ultralites. Will they cause deadspots? That's my main concern.

    Thanks.
     
  2. fretlessrock

    fretlessrock Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    Corrupticut
    It is unlikely that they will cause a deadspot, but they will change the mass distribution of the neck and that could create a resonance or a deadspot. Removing mass could cure a deadspot as easily as adding mass, it is just that a fatfinger is easy and reversible. I don't think that there is a way to predict. FWIW I have them on a few basses and they have never caused a problem.
     
  3. Sprudellio

    Sprudellio

    Oct 16, 2002
    Germany
    Did those basses come with 'lites or have you installed them later?
     
  4. fretlessrock

    fretlessrock Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    Corrupticut
    Lessee....
    I have a Turner Electroline that came stock with Hipshot Ultrralight minis. No problems there. I have a Read Custom J bass that has full sized ultralights and have no problems with those either. The third bass that I have with hishot tuners has a Moses Graphite neck, so that isn't really fair since it would be deadspot-free anyhow.

    I have also put them on a few of my project basses, plus I have owned two Laklands with the Hipshot clones, and never had a deadspot problem with them.

    So my experience is that based on aprox 7 basses that I have experience with there has not been a problem.