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Marcus Miller Jazz Bass - Adding Mass/Weight

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Snerek, Apr 20, 2009.


  1. Snerek

    Snerek

    Jan 12, 2007
    TB'ers,

    I've seen some bass players install some form of weight to the back of their headstock.

    Does anyone know what this does?

    Does anyone know what this might be? Is it worth looking into?

    -Thanks in advance!
    dp
     
  2. Hugh Jass

    Hugh Jass

    Oct 10, 2008
    Canada eh
  3. pyrohr

    pyrohr

    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    I don't believe it's a weight you see but maybe a fat finger. These are used to eliminate dead notes on the neck.
     
  4. Snerek

    Snerek

    Jan 12, 2007
    how would this fix a dead note? by dead note you mean a bad fret right?
     
  5. pyrohr

    pyrohr

    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    No, A bad fret will buzz a dead note will have no sustain when you play it. bolt on necks are known to suffer from this, it has to do with resonant frequency of the wood. The fatfinger stops the resonance for the most point but tends to move it elsewhere.
     
  6. Snerek

    Snerek

    Jan 12, 2007
    does anyone on here just use one of these to get a fatter tone?

    do they really work?
     
  7. pyrohr

    pyrohr

    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    They do not effect tone.
     
  8. JasonLamb

    JasonLamb

    Aug 17, 2007
    the fatfinger does affect tone by making it brighter and more alive.
     

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