fingerboard ramps?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RS, Aug 27, 2001.

  1. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    What is the purpose of that little ramp you see bewteen the pickup and/or neck on some basses? Is it to play faster? If so, how does that work?
  2. From what i've heard it's just a place to anchor your thumb to get that sound over the sweet spot. Gary Willis made this a popular mod.
  3. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Actually, it's also used to prevent your fingers from digging in too much, providing for a more even, constant attack on the strings. Less volume is produced, but this follows Willis's beliefs of "play lighter, turn amp up". I want one... I like em. Very comfortable, actually.
  4. The idea seems quite good, but in Gary's video, his sound is not so good (at least not to my ears), I think a touch can be too light to produce a fat, meaty sound. Gary's technique is inspiring, I just wish his sound was better.