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Dots on side of neck. Can't see them!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cb56, Jul 13, 2003.

  1. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    Ok I admit. I cheat and have to look at the dots on the side of my bass neck every once and awhile. I love my new Fender Jazz basses but for some reason I am not able to see the dots on the side of the neck in low light situations. The dots are white and the fretboard is rosewood. On top of that I've switched from a Warwick bass to Fender and I believe the Warwick has a longer scale neck so I am still getting used to the shorter scale. I heard that Danny Gatton the world famous Guitar player had this problem and had someone put chips of fake diamonds where the dots would be so they would reflect light in low light situations. That sounds expensive and I'm not sure if I trust any of the instrument repairmen in my area to do the job. any other suggestions? glow in the dark paint or tape maybe? Even black dots on the side of the neck (below the fretboard on the neck) would be better than what I have now
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  3. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    Or, incase you don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a procedure that will drastically alter your bass...

    Get some glow in the dark paint. Put a dab of it, just a little bit, over the side dots. When it dries, spray a little bit of clear coat over it if you want, its not imperative to do so.
  4. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    I had the same problem on one of my Status basses and solved it for about $3...
    Go to a craft store or the crafts section of you local Wal-Mart, and pick up a bottle of glow in the dark paint.
    The stuff I got came in a bottle about the size of a "Visene" bottle, with a thin applicator tip. There are a lot of colors, but I found the basic glow-in-the-dark green works best for me.
    It comes out in drops and if you screw up or decide to change it later, you can scrape off the dot with your fingernail. I've had the same "dots" on my bass for about a year now.
  5. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    Cool! Thanks for the info. I like the fact that I can remove it if I want. I'll check into it next time I visit Walmart.:cool:
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Heck, I've been playing a looong time and I look at the side dots on every bass I own. Nothing to admit IMO.
  7. I had this problem;

    My thread

    Updates on that - I have tried the flourescent (sp?) nail varnish on my nails (I've been to a few Goth clubs..... what?) and it's pretty good at what it does.