I've been reading about solutions to the dead spot on Fender style basses. There are several suggestions and one is the Fender Fat Finger which is a piece of metal that screws to the headstock and changes the resonant frequency (or whatever you want to call it) of the neck. So I got to thinking - why doesn't the Snark do this? Or maybe it does! I did some tests and was stunned to find out that it DOES change the tone - but not for the better. On my bass it extended the dead spots from two frets to about five or six and in general created a slight mellowness of tone (as if a little bit of the highs had been rolled off). For what it's worth - the same mellow tone claim has been made by numerous guitarists (not bassists) using the Fender Fat Finger. My disclaimers: We are talking nuances of tone here, but it is definitely noticeable when the bass is played solo. Where you place the Snark matters. This applies to one bass I tried with a Fender style head stock. Haven't tried others yet. Your results may vary. I make no claims that this is universally true, but you might want to check your own basses, particularly those with Fender style headstocks, to see if you get a similar response.