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Fret Ghosting or Ghost Fretting?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Warpeg, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    Below is a screenshot I grabbed off of Facebook today; it’s not my own post. I thought I had heard every odd term related to bass, but this one is new to me. Is this really a thing?

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  2. Never heard of it
  3. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    The thingamajig connects to the flavorator and the hosenfeferator goes into the other end of the....
    sounds like marketing mumbo-jumbo
    Rock on.
  4. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    Check a dictionary. According to Marianne Webster -

    "Ghost Fretting: The phenomenon that occurs when one note is played on a fretted instrument, such as a guitar, but the resultant sound is that of a different note. The effect has yet to be explained in scientific circles."
  5. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Sounds like bovine excrement to me, but subbed in case some actual information gets shared...
  6. db59

    db59 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2015
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  7. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    Yeah, this is the only relevant part of that definition. ;)
  8. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Been reading the audiophile cable packaging again have we?
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  9. If I choose to play ghost notes using one or more of my basses, am I required to forward a fee to the company? :laugh:
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  10. Scottgun


    Jan 24, 2004
    South Carolina
    And the solution of course is choosing the right tonewood and using instrument and speaker cables with gold-plated connectors. Don't forget to use a green magic marker on the edge of your CDs.
  11. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    Well, Marianne is not considered to be the best source, unlike her sister Miriam. After all Marianne is the one who defined "basket weaving" as "the phenomenon created when a drunken creel tries to walk a straight line".
  12. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Supporting Member

    1) :) I'm assuming "Marianne" instead of "Merriam" is purposeful.

    2) Sometimes, when I fret a note, and hit the string at the right point, I get a harmonic ringing instead of the note. I think these are called false harmonics? Common as "squeals" on guitar solos, and I think Wooten uses them, as well. Is this "ghost fretting"?
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  13. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Well, scientists seldom believe in ghosts, so...
  14. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
  15. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Ghet Frosting?
    Frost Gheting?

    I heard of Ghost notes where you get a sort of dead sound by holding your finger on the string at the fret in between actually fretting the note but not playing the harmonic either

    Also known a damping technique

    Stanley Clarke does it a lot on School Days

    There’s a YouTube vid about it

    I'm sure there are other songs that use ghost notes as well.

    OR maybe this is something completely different....
    i-see-dead-people notes.
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  16. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    I have ADD and I got lost after the first word, "Learned".

  17. LoTone

    LoTone Clean as an Entwistle... Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Quebec, Canada
    It is a bit like the Heisenberg Compensator in Star Trek. It is designed to enable teleportation but nobody except Scotty understand how that works.
  18. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
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  19. Acoop


    Feb 21, 2012
    And the land we’re selling in Florida is perfect for agriculture. Mostly rice.
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  20. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Methinks it has to do with aesthetics... the tang of the fret is cut short and the slot is not all the way to the edge of the board so the fret appears to float (like a ghost) on the fretboard.


    Edit: I scoured the Fender Custom Shop order form... no mention of this option at all. Must be an "off menu" option.
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