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Red Witch Factotum tracks funny G# to C on G string

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by solarfly, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. solarfly

    solarfly Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2016
    I have a Red Witch Factotum on my board and noticed in Octaver mode tonight (without Drive) that G#, A, Bb, C track poorly when holding for around 2 seconds or more. I tested it with my Fender Jazz Elite with balance set towards the neck pickup, in active and in passive modes, and directly into the pedal (to eliminate anything before it in the chain). It's running on 9V power from a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus.

    Most reviews said it tracks poorly below open A-string, but I was playing on the G string. The intonation is correct on that string. Actually, it tracks quite well on all other strings.

    I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this?
  2. Dark Barn

    Dark Barn

    Aug 3, 2010
    Sounds like a dead spot, pretty common in that part of the neck. Try playing the same notes on the D string and see if there's still a problem. Or turn the pedal off and listen very carefully to the sustain of the problem notes compared to the others.
    Alien8 and Andy westwood like this.
  3. Alien8


    Jan 29, 2014
    ^^^ that's it.

    I have a Stingray that has a dead spot at D, sustain changes to harmonic, octaves doesn't like it.

    You need the fundamental to be strong.
  4. solarfly

    solarfly Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2016
    I tested it this morning. It's actually G# through C# on the G string only, that is getting corrupted. The D string sustains fine. Also, I just changed the strings from the original nickle to Rotosound 66 45-105 steel RW. How do I fix the deadspots, is there anything I can do to improve the bass?
  5. Alien8


    Jan 29, 2014
    Sometimes different string can help. Sometimes adding weight to the headstock helps - look up fender fat finger in Google. This tends to shift the dead spot to a different note, or improves it slightly.

    Beyond that it's inherent in some designs and wood. Lots have it, some don't.
  6. solarfly

    solarfly Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2016
    Thanks for the tips! I'll try going back to nickle on my next change and compare differences. I don't use the octaver that much, but I was surprised when it happened and figured I needed to learn something. Cheers guys!
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