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Fat Finger

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Count, Aug 1, 2015.

  1. Count

    Count Friend of Leo's

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    Just wondering whether anyone has ever tried a FatFinger and noticed any increase in Sustain or is this on a par with Gibson's Tone Polish.
     
  2. czgibson

    czgibson Tele-Afflicted

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    I got given one of these a few Christmases ago. I took it to the guitar club I run and everybody had a turn using it. The verdict was "snake-oil".
     
  3. soulman969

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    Personally I tend to give most things like the Fender FatFinger my "fat finger" when the implication is that every stringed instrument has a design flaw that only this can conquer.

    It's like trying to sell someone a third wing for an airplane that won't fly correctly or as well with the two it has. If the product needs it then maybe it's design is wrong to begin with.
     
  4. 24 track

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    I tried to give my girl friend a fat finger once, she slapped me
     
  5. telelogic

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    I have used these for years.
    You can hear more effect on some guitars/basses more than others, but they do make a difference!
     
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    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

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    Usually an accounting term but I heard they actually do something
     
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    tele_pathic Friend of Leo's

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    Snake oil, but you go ahead, man, spend ya money!
     
  8. Doug 54

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    I hv one I dont use. Dont kno why, but took off the very thin pc of rubber like material (1/64 thick??) .

    Anyhoot, 1st PM from Cont US, and I will send it to you

    (90% sure its somewhere w parts, etc.)

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  9. Bartholomew3

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    Any time you add mass it changes the sound slightly. Not much but the extra steel weight seems to give more sustain.

    I noticed this after installing really heavy & large Schaller tuning keys not the mini version.

    The difference in sound or sustain is minimal. I wouldn't add weight to get it as there are better ways IMO...like a Boss SD1 which can give a clean boost plus sustain.
     
  10. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I do know that when I tried it on my acoustic, it had a muting effect on that vibrating box's sound, for sure
     
  11. LeftyAl

    LeftyAl Friend of Leo's

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    not a Fat Finger ,but Fender had this brass plate you would install on the back of the headstock to improve sustain.I Don't recall if it had a name.I'll try to find a picture of one. I just found what I was looking for. It's call a Fathead. You don't hear too much about those anymore.It's a heavy brass plate installed under the tuners.It's not cheap.
     
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    Easy enough to try, get a small C clamp and put in on your guitars peghead, see if it makes any tonal difference.
     
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    I got this thing I clipped on my headstock. I swear to GAWD that when I use it as advertised, it does greatly improve the sound of my guitar..

    It's called a SNARK...
     
  14. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    My LGS had a fat finger hanging in the store for a few years.
    I thought about it once. I determined it is snake oil.

    However, I would like to get my hands on some of that tone polish Count referenced earlier. I mean, why wouldn't THAT work.
    I hope it's expensive.
     
  15. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I think it is misleading to say it improves "Sustain".

    Wood doesn't Sustain. It Resonates.

    If it said "Changes Resonance", that would be more to the Point.
    YEP!!!
     
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    Not complete snake oil. Press the headstock against a hard surface (like the floor) and hit a note. Pay attention to the note's sustain compared to not touching anything.
     
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    Not even remotely the same. You can hold any part of the guitar against a large object and cause that object to amplify the sound. Nothing at all like the false claim that the increased mass will improve "sustain"...of acoustic or electric.
     
  18. Count

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    Wasn't thinking of buying one as it looks like a G cramp (C cramp to those in the USA) and I've got a workshop full of them. Maybe i will do a series of tests with diferent sizes and time the resultant note decays - on the other hand I don't think I'll bother.:twisted:
     
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