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Neck-throughs less prone to dead spots?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by spc, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. spc


    Apr 10, 2004
    South of Boston

    Wondering about bolt-on vs. neck-through with regards to dead spots...


  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Eh, perhaps, yes. But I think a well built bolt on is just as reliable. Also, if you get a neck through and it does indeed have a dead spot, you are more screwed than if it were a bolt on.
  3. high mileage

    high mileage

    Apr 17, 2006
    Rockford IL
    Good bolt-ons won't have a problem, especially the ones with graphite reinforcement - or the all graphite necks.
  4. spc


    Apr 10, 2004
    South of Boston
    Well, that's just it, I have a "good" bolt-on (Lakland USA JO) that i love, but the D on the G string (7th fret, which I understand is a "typical" problem area on a fender style jazz) is definitely weak. Now, I realize I'm being very nit-picky (wish I could afford a fretted JO), and it's not so much that I plan on getting rid of the bass (I love it), but it's noticeable. I'm bringing it in tomorrow for a set-up, so I'll see if that helps, could be the old strings, etc...

    I was just wondering in general, all things being equal, are neck-throughs less apt to have a dead spot?
  5. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    IMO, no. Any bass can have deadspots. I've even heard of graphite necked basses with deadspots. Its all about resonance, and its complex.
  6. My Carvin Icon is neck through and has a bit of a dead spot in the dead spot zone (nothing serious). It also has graphite reinforcement. It seems to be a fact of life, so unless it's really glaringly obvious it's nothing to worry about.
  7. EricTheEZ1


    Nov 23, 2004
    Clawson, MI
    A USA made bass like a Lakland is not a "good" bass. If you consider a $1500+ USA-made bass a "good" bass than your standards are too high. You might just be nit picky. Give me the bass and I'll tell you. ;)

  8. MrBonex


    Jan 2, 2004
    New Hampshire
    My experience is that neck-thrus are less prone to dead spots -- which is one reason I prefer them. Bolt-on (including very expensive ones) usually have more pronounced dead spots with or without carbon stuff. IMO, of course.

    This is for 34-inch scale basses. I don't have any experience (to speak of) withn 35s (or 32 or 36 for that matter).
  9. spc


    Apr 10, 2004
    South of Boston
    Thanks for the offer, if I send it to you, you'll let me know if I'm being picky? ;)

    Like I said, I love the bass, but I was thinking of having something made somewhere far down the line, and I was brainstorming...

    thanks all...
  10. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    they all have potential for dead spots. i once had a graphite neck bass that had a dead spot. NT, BO, whatever. it seems to happen in every configuration.

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