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Fret Ghosting or Ghost Fretting?

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

  1. Mertle72

    Mertle72 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2013
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  2. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
    Sounds like a bunch of hooie to me.
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  3. nice_hat

    nice_hat Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2017
    Puget Sound, WA
    I'm sure it makes the bass better for metal... I think that's like the third law of goth?
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  4. I'm sure there's a reason why this happens, but it sounds like somebody brought in the marketing department to come up with an explanation for the side effect of a manufacturing defect.
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  5. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
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  6. Oh well. At least you won't need to pay for one of these...
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  7. bench


    Dec 28, 2007
    so it´s a "feature" of the custom shop bass... mmmmhhh...
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  8. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Supporting Member

    I believe that this form of fret dressing is what was indicated on the spec sheet as "Ghost Fretting".

    I also believe the Customer Service rep that the OP corresponded with has no real understanding of what goes on, so pulled the wrong definition off the net, rather than asking someone in the shop. Perhaps it's something new, that only 1 or 2 people in the Custom Shop can do, and isn't yet documented.
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  9. bench


    Dec 28, 2007
    That was my first thought. Making Dead Spots a feature. Marketing 3.0
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  10. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010

    Who ya gonna call...?
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  11. Guzzi Toad

    Guzzi Toad

    Mar 10, 2019
    So does a Lead Block at the forth fret keep a ghost from fretting your bass?
    For example see : TSA X-ray 1977 4001 Jetglo

    And as a follow-up question: Would a garlic wreath keep a vampire from fretting said bass?
  12. micguy


    May 17, 2011
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  13. 2tonic


    Dec 22, 2015
    Fender Custom Shop :
    "We don't know what it is."
    "We don't know what it does."
    "You're paying extra for it." :meh:
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  14. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Their business model is very simple:
    You want us to add a feature? That's extra
    You want us to do something different? That's extra
    You want us to not do something? That's extra

    They make nice gear, I'll give them that, but yeah, the whole point of "custom" is whatever you do or don't want, you're paying for the privilege of not wanting the stock thing.
  15. Nickweissmusic

    Nickweissmusic Knows all intervals from one Fred, to Juan octave Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    I teach lessons and perform live music in and around San Diego CA. Sometimes I even make money doing it!
    I’ve certainly noticed this happen with super dead strings. When the tension and mass of the string get wonky enough due to corrosion and repeated stretching, you can get apparent “wrong notes” to ring out. It’s due to a mess of overtones and destructive interference. Listen to “Stir it Up” by Bob Marley and you’ll hear that Family Man’s A’s are merely a suggestion of the note A, lol. The fundamental might be right, but the overtones sure make it sound out of tune. Or the fundamental is wrong, and the overtones make it acceptable as an A? I dunno, all I know is, it works in this case, it lends an old school charm to the song, and it’s hardly the most out of tune Bob Marley song.
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  16. LoTone

    LoTone Clean as an Entwistle... Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Quebec, Canada
    Walter White?
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  17. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    I liked her on that shoe about being shipwrecked on an island.(a really big shoe).
    Much better than that fancy movie star.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
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  18. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    Could be Mrs. Howell is more age-appropriate?

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