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Modification of headstock for better balance

I modified the headstock of the P-Bass copy for better balance. Here are some pictures.




MotorMog
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Reckon I would have better balance if I drank less Guinness

I did like the look of the old headstock but if it does the job

Rebel aye

In the midnight hour. ………

Marko1960
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And did the 10 grams of wood you removed make it balance better?
johnny [staff]
Posts: 899
have you noticed any difference in the sustain?
@Marko1960, Yes, the balance improved. It's more than 10 grams I removed. In the last pic can be seen how it (just) doesn't tip over.

@johnny, The sustain was good already. I optimized the neck to body joint a few months ago.
What I noticed straight away, is a more snappy response of the E string. That was a positive surprise.
I was thinking of doing the exact same thing with my old p-bass as the neck dives as soon as you put on a strap. The photos look great! I may need to use them for inspiration.
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I was thinking of doing the exact same thing with my old p-bass as the neck dives as soon as you put on a strap. The photos look great! I may need to use them for inspiration.
Of course you can use the pictures. There's one condition, however, we wanna see pics of your modded headstok as well.

Back in April I already inserted a coiled strip of lead behind the pick guard to improve the balance.
Marko1960
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There's always Leo Fenders solution to neck dive but personally I prefer Ned Stienbergers solution, remove the headstock and put the tuners down the other end
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There's always Leo Fenders solution to neck dive but personally I prefer Ned Stienbergers solution, remove the headstock and put the tuners down the other end
I totally agree. Four years ago I discussed this matter with a German luthier. He considered a headless bass a win/win situation, because there are no dead spots or added resonances due to the head.
Marko1960
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Like this for instance
^ Yep. I played one in a music store. It feels kinda strange, but the tone is clear and I couldn't find any flaws at all.

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