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Brass headstock weight to eliminate dead spots.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by rubendlr, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. rubendlr


    Mar 10, 2012
    Austin, TX, USA
    There used to a vendor for these a few years back. Anyone know if they are still around or if something similar is available? My Fender P had a couple of dead spots when strung normal, but now the B fundamental is weak now that I tune BEAD. Might be the amp and cabs, but I'm sure a little more mass might help.
  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    The Fat Finger is still being produced as far as I know.
    There was also the Fat Head, which went behind the headstock under the tuners. I think those are out of production.

    You can test to see if it would help by using any kind of clamp or weight firmly attached to the head. Or pressing the head against a wall while playing.
  3. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Those things are snake oil. Placebo effect if you will.
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Well, not exactly. Adding mass to the headstock can change how the neck resonates, which can relocate the dead spot to somewhere else on the fretboard--ideally someplace that won't bother you. It does NOT "eliminate" the dead spot, but it does move it around.
  5. Ultralight tuners, headless, and adding weights to the headstock?
    What are these dead spots you speak of?
    I play cello, do you even know what a "wolf-tone" is?
  6. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    Add some brass to the headstock, then a bag of lead to compensate on the body,
    ...or get a balanced bass from a maker that makes 'em right to start.
  7. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Any bass from any manufacturer can have dead spots.
  8. SamanthaCay


    Nov 16, 2008
    Denver, CO.
  9. Hi.

    Which rules out about every BO bass on the market with a conventional headstock.

    Only BO necks made out of materials that have very little or no natural resonance, or the resonance is so high that it doesn't have an audible effect don't have dead spots.

    On some instruments the dead spots are more pronounced, or in more inconvenient notes, and there a fat-finger or Fat-Head can help.

    +1 for lz4005's suggestion of trying a clamp (=Fat-Finger) first, IMLE much more predictable and adjustable result than the Fat-Head. The Fat-Head did not work particularily well back in the day, sometimes just moving the dead spot up or down one fret.

  10. neck throughs dont...
  11. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    This is not true.

    I've had neck through, multi laminate and graphite necks with dead spots. Any type can have it. They're just in different places vs regular bolt ons.

    The headstock is usually the culprit although the resonant frequency of the neck itself can have an effect.
  12. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Neck throughs, bolt ons, and set necks can all have dead spots.