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Old 04-21-2004, 04:48 AM
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Groove Tubes Fat Finger


The other guitar player in my band showed me one of these last night and it sounded like a cool idea. The website blurb states ...

(The Groove Tubes Fat Finger) Increases sustain by adding physical mass to the headstock of the instrument. Works on electric and acoustic instruments. Installs in seconds without tools. Will not damage your instrument. Adds tone, sustain, and overall tone balance. Fat Finger for bass is 20% heavier than guitar model. Helps tune out dead spots including the Fender Jazz Bass 'disappearing C note'. The Fat Finger works by lowering the frequency of the harmonic imperfections or nodes, of any stringed instrument. These 'dead spots' are moved below our audible range, and so are effectively eliminated.

A picture can be seen at http://musical-instruments.realemall...ncer-Brass.asp

Anyone use one of these ?
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Old 04-22-2004, 09:11 AM
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It's an old theory that has been proven. Adding mass to your guitar in general can add sustain but also adds weight. There are so many pedals or rack equipment that also give you sustain with no weight on your shoulder. The fat finger also will throw off the balance of your guitar. This may or may not be an issue but something to think about. It is an inexpensive toy and works better on some guitars than others so you can give it to a buddy if it works better for them.
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Old 04-22-2004, 09:39 AM
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Placebo.
Proven placebo but some people still buy them.

ilia
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Old 04-22-2004, 10:33 AM
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eh, my 7's too neck-heavy as it is.
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Old 04-22-2004, 11:01 AM
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ok, so maybe a g-clamp from B&amp;Q might be cheaper and have the same effect
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Old 04-22-2004, 11:33 AM
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ok, so maybe a g-clamp from B&amp;Q might be cheaper and have the same effect
Maybe it will become the latest fashion accessory!

I could see a point on an acoustic instrument but IMO the electric has to many effects e.t.c. To make any real increase in sustian.
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Old 04-22-2004, 11:42 AM
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Billy Sheehan uses one. Those Attitude headstocks are heavy enough as it is. No wonder he looks like he's trying to hold up a live shark when he plays.
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Old 04-22-2004, 06:57 PM
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I've used one on my Js10th for a while.......i still have it by the way. But i no longer use it. I'd rather go the distance to install a fernandes sustainer system like steve vai has in his guitar..........for sustain, ive been meaning to do that for forever.

The difference, if any, is barely noticeable at least it was that way with me.
It might give better, more significant results, on other guitars..........for me, i only play Ibanez Js's
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Old 04-22-2004, 07:45 PM
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Billy Sheehan uses one. Those Attitude headstocks are heavy enough as it is. No wonder he looks like he's trying to hold up a live shark when he plays.
I've read that Satriani has used one...
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