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Fret Ghosting or Ghost Fretting?

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

  1. Yools


    Jul 24, 2009
    Deepinaharta, TX
    My Rogue 4-string is like that - every time I try to play "YYZ" on it, it sounds just like the into to "Runnin' With the Devil". My brother has a PhD in Physics and even he can't explain it.

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  2. AcridSaint

    AcridSaint ベーシスト Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2012
    I don't play well.
    Why is Fender responding to a question about an option on their instruments with "My understanding..."?
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  3. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    And this would be a "feature"? I play enough wrong notes on my own. I don't need my bass adding more. Unless it's correcting my mistakes....hmmmm....:)
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  4. Maybe it's a new way of describing dead spots.

    If you can't fix it, feature it.
  5. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    Ghost fretting is when yer jamming out and alla the sudden it feels like the spirit of a famous deceased bassist is actually helping you fret ...

    ...but not Jaco ...

    ... as he preferred fretless.
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  6. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I just call them clams.
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  7. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    I can't imagine why Fender would document and release an instrument with such a "feature"
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  8. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Here's one of them there "Ghost fret" basses.

  9. higain617


    Sep 12, 2013
    It’s a shame that Patrick Swayze didn’t live to see the advancements that his film lead to.
  10. nbsipics

    nbsipics Very Unorthodox Behavior Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    I thought the Heisenberg Compensator was Walt...
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  11. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Serious answer:

    Ghost Fretting is a weird thing to call it, but it sounds like they are trying to describe what we normally call Richness or Background Harmonics. If you build the frame of the bass to be somewhat softer and more flexible, when you play a note, the frame will slightly vibrate in frequencies that are a little bit off from the main note. This adds some background "noise" onto the string, which makes the note fuller and richer sounding. More like the sound of a violin. On a spectrum analyzer, you see a bunch of lower spikes on either side of the main note. They aren't on the actual harmonics frequencies of the main; they are much closer in to the main note and lower amplitude. I guess you could call them Ghost Harmonics, but we usually call this effect Richness.

    Yeah, yeah, I know, I know. Half the TalkBass audience will immediately start stamping their feet and yelling Snake Oil because everyone knows that the the frame of the bass has absolutely nothing to do with the amplified sound of an electric bass! Okay, calm down, you can believe that if you want to. Ghost Harmonics are all in your imagination.
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  12. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    The correct term is “Phantom Fretting.”
  13. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Isn’t the technical term for that called a defect? ;)
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  14. dbsfgyd1


    Jun 11, 2012
    Richmond , Va
    Well, if it’s on Facebook.......
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  15. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    If you speed up the tempo while playing really, really fast people will hear the last notes you played before they hear the first ones. That is ghost fretting.:woot:
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  16. Here’s a ghost fretting....
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  17. BOOG

    BOOG Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Maybe meant ghost noting?
  18. BOOG

    BOOG Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I see ghost frets
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  19. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    Sunny California
    Two things a bass player should never do...

    1- Let the ghost out of his/her fretboard and
    2- let the magic smoke out of the electronics.
    2tonic likes this.
  20. Ellery


    Mar 25, 2015
    Only if it's a Gibson!
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