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Metallclamp on basshead?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ingemar, Feb 1, 2003.


  1. Ingemar

    Ingemar

    Sep 12, 2000
    Sweden
    I saw Richard Bhona on TV and he had a metallclamp on his (Fodera Bass) head.
    I've even seen pictures of Billy Sheean with a similar ting on his (Yamaha Bass) head.
    What does this metallclamp do?
    Ingemar
     
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    It is called a Fatfinger and is supposed to increase sustain and help move or eliminate deadspots.
     
  3. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    From the Midi-Classics site:

    "An introduction...
    ...Based on the principle of Aspen Pittman's FATHEAD (us patent 4,840,102), the fatfinger (pat. pend) is an effective and natural sustain enhancer when clamped to the headstock of any stringed instrument. The fatfinger can "tune out" those dead spots found on almost every guitar or bass, by simply changing the point of contact to the headstock. The fatfinger installs in seconds and gives instant and amazing results... even for the most hardened tonal skeptic.
    The Science...
    ...the physics of fatfinger are simple; by effectively adding 2 to 3 times more mass to the "weak" end of any stringed instrument, the strings ring out longer, louder, and with more balance. The increased sustain is immediately apparent, but the improved balance is the ultimate reward.
    The fatfinger's mass lowers the frequency of the harmonic imperfections, or nodes, of any stringed instrument.

    These "dead spots" are moved below our audible range, and so are effectively eliminated! They work as well on electric guitars or basses as they do on acoustic instruments. It's an incredible "fix" for that Fender Jazz Bass with the "disappearing C note" syndrome, and it adds new punch to your finger pickin'.

    Our Sales Pitch...
    ...the fatfingers are made of chrome plated Bell Brass for mucho mass, and that little chrome finger on the headstock of your guitar will make your friends swoon with envy! The fatfinger can not damage your instrument in any way. We money back guarantee you'll love your fatfinger! You can buy a fatfinger for $30.00 (guitar) or $40.00 (bass) from MIDI Classics.
    "Hey, who couldn't use an extra finger?"
    FAT)FINGER
    The FATFINGER is a simple idea that works on the principle that increasing the mass of a guitar's headstock will increase the duration of string sustain.
    Stock#: 21190
    Maker: Groove Tubes
    Code: grtffgc0
    Platform: *
    Type: Sustain Enhancer
    Weight (lbs): 0.27
    Dim 5 x 5 inchs
    Year: 2001
    List:
    Sale: $30.00"
     
  4. Ingemar

    Ingemar

    Sep 12, 2000
    Sweden
    Thanks for all the answers
    Does this means that a bass with a small headstock and lightweight tuners, generally are proned to get less sustain and more deadspots?