Can a bass be made with no dead spots?

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  1. lfmn16


    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    If you look hard enough, you'll find something wrong with every bass. Get out the micrometer and strobe tuner and you'll find out your bass isn't perfect. I remember a couple of years ago, someone bought a custom bass and was thrilled with it. They put it up on TB and all the so called 'experts' started picking it apart, finding 'issues' with it. The guy wound up sending it back and was lucky enough that the luthier was a stand up guy and built him a new bass.
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  2. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Bring Back Edit/Delete Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    I think asking for perfectly even response sets the bar much higher than simply saying no dead spots.
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  3. Michael B

    Michael B

    Dec 16, 2015
    Lowell, MA
    I am too inexperienced and too hard of hearing to notice. Not looking forward to a day when I do. Ignorance is bliss.
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  4. Antisyzygy


    Dec 8, 2014
    I hear complaints about dead spots a lot, but I've never really experienced any major problems from them myself. I do have one on my main player's G-string 5th fret I think but it's not really that noticeable when playing through my amp with it's various settings. Acoustically I think I hear the note die off a bit quicker than other fretted notes, but electric basses don't produce their sound acoustically.

    I've had more problems with harmonics not coming through certain pickup positions and styles. My fretless bass doesn't seem to pick up a few harmonics. I think it's because the 51 precision pickup it has is just in a bad spot for picking those specific ones up.
  5. Man....if people really knew what they were saying when they use the psych term, "anal retentive"....
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  6. nostatic


    Jun 18, 2004
    Lompoc, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Shuzan held out his short staff and said, "If you call this a short staff, you oppose its reality. If you do not call it a short staff, you ignore the fact. Now what do you wish to call this?" Eating his rice, one monk said to the other, "He's always saying stuff like that."
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  7. Michael B

    Michael B

    Dec 16, 2015
    Lowell, MA
    I don't know, kind of like saying: he's got a bass up his }}%%# about dead spots.

    Kind of fits.
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  8. eyeballkid


    Jul 19, 2009
    Out of nearly 40 basses ive owned I can only think of a few that had dead spots. What are you guys playing that has such consistent problems??
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  9. dincz


    Sep 25, 2010
    Czech Republic
    That's surprising as neck resonance is normally to blame.
  10. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I've only had a noticeable problem once out of all the basses I've owned but to be fair I only play the first eight frets 90% of the time so I could have missed a few.:)
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  11. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Return it, it's broken...o_O
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  12. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    i hold great respect for a brand-name manufacturer that approaches this issue with such candor.
    VWbug likes this.
  13. No dead spots that I've noticed on my 5'er. Best neck I've ever played on, you can't have or buy it...
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  14. bass12

    bass12 Grace under pressure Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    One man's dead spot is another man's perfectly even response, apparently. ;)
  15. To answer the question in the title: yes.

    But to ensure consistent reproduction of the target natural frequencies during mass production, any such bass could not be made of wood.

    Kinda spoils it for me.
  16. lfmn16


    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Off of TalkBass people just play their basses and if they sound good, they sound good. On TalkBass, some people just play their basses and if they sound good, they keep looking until they find something wrong with them. :D
  17. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    None of my basses have one, so yes.
  18. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    One of the several reasons I favor graphite basses, though far from the most important - I've noticed dead spots on my wood basses but they weren't a major source of annoyance. I just had to play those notes a little harder. Frankly, dead spots and hot spots in ROOMS have always been a much bigger annoyance. :meh:
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  19. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    23 ft below sea level
    I'd like to divide the phenomenon into weak spots, resonant spots and dead spots.

    - I noticed many basses have some weak spots, like around fret 7, G string.
    - Some basses suffer from resonant spots, where the output is several dB's higher. I once noticed this with a G, played at the third fret of the E string.
    - I think real dead spots are caused by bad design, cheap materials and bolts and/or screws that should be tightened.
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  20. stevensunn


    Aug 30, 2015
    Graphite necks have done me well. No dead spots.
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