Wheel weights to eliminate deadspots?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by C_Flat, Jul 7, 2003.

  1. C_Flat

    C_Flat Guest

    Jan 29, 2001
    I just tried a C-clamp on the headstock of my Jazz Bass Deluxe in an effort to eliminate a dead spot at the G string/5th fret. It helped, but did not eliminate it altogether. (I figured it would just move it around)

    Rather than spending $20+ for a Groove Tubes Fat Finger I think stick-on automotive wheel weights (used for balancing tires) might be a bit slicker, maybe stuck on the underside of the tuner castings. Anyone tried that?

  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    I tried the clamp thing. It made NO difference. To eliminate dead spots, you would have to change the physics of the wood underneath of the fret that the dead spot is on. Changing the mass of where the string is tied to will change the tone, marginally. You are really only adding mass to the headstock, not actually changing the mass of the headstock. Dead spots are caused by weaker spots in the wood, which cannot be changed by the addition of weights to the headstock. Good luck, though.