Hey guys, been plowing around the forum today in a desperate attempt at convincing myself that I can keep this damn bass... Which I want to, but I'm fighting a severe issue: Neck Dive. Now there are several posts on the topic, several ideas on how to fix it, and none of them seemingly at first glance are going to work for me. Should I have tried the bass before I bought it and discovered the neck dive issue? Yes. Would I have still bought the thing even if there was? Yes. Why? Cause I paid 100 bucks for it off a some rich kid selling it on CL... lol. For a 700 dollar retail bass to fill a void I had for a project band I was working on, yeah, it filled the need. Wait for it (and I know there are haters out there, but keep the e-peen in your pants before you bash): B.C. Rich WMD Widow. There, I said it... It's a Neck-thru 5'er, that I SWEAR has more mass in the damn widow headstock than the entire body, in fact, I think the sizes are the same... Anyway... However, now that project is over, and the damn thing is collecting dust, I want to revive it. I re-strung it with some nice red DB strings, replaced the hardware with black knobs with little red inlays that look like spider eyes lol, cleaned up the nicks as best I could, adjusted the play and set it all up darn nice. I love the tone, the sound, the neck play, everything about it except the fact I feel like I'm pole vaulting with it , or have the uncontrollable desire to use it as a pogo stick. It's really that bad! Now I have gorrilla arms, but trying to play 4 hours a night on this thing is just impossible, my arms get tired, my wrists cramp up, and I end up planting the very sharp bottom right spike into my right thigh to get the thing in a somewhat upright orientation so that I can reach the damn frets without hugging the thing like it's my teddy... (**Disclaimer** I don't actually sleep with a teddy bear...) Now I'm an engineer by trade and training, but I'm having difficulty accepting the idea of throwing in some recessed tubing out of the end of the already thin upper arm of the body and just letting it all hang out, but on the same note, the studs are mounted to the back of the body at the already furthest points reasonable on the body. Now the thing has some nicks and finish problems, so I'm not worried about modifying it, as long as it's effective. My current plan is defunct. I would have no problem weighting the hell out of the ass-end, if it had one. You can see in the pics, there's not even any place to rout the backside to add weight... I realize that it's somewhat close to the fulcrum or the front strap stud because of the small body, and reduced head weight or a more even fulcrum are ideal. Considering the thickness of the neck and the head stock, a couple grams savings on tuners is only going to make the evil thing cackle and laugh maniacally at me as it continues it's relentless attempt at plowing it's way back to hell... Now the onw thing I've considered is doing a bolt-through stud mounted on the top of the upper arm, which should help curb some of the down tilt and also "pull back" on the body. I'm also considering moving the rear stud up and in and let more of the ass end hang over, but the gains would be VERY marginal as the piviot point location of the front stud is where the money's at. But I'm obviously out of locations to move the damn thing forward... So I digress, I'm thinking a stud that comes out of the top arm at around 30 degrees up and out about 3-4 inches should get me some leverage... Has anyone else owned this same model or found some other "better" way to address the problem than simply fighting phsyics with a thick strap, a belt loop rig, a five-point racging harness, or some other crazy-arse contraption? Cause I'm about to go buy some of those Hitch Balls and hang it on the damn thing... Thanks guys!