Dead spot on 594, B string, 12th fret?

zerolight

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It’s not a fret issue. People all through this thread have highlighted that dead spots are not a setup or fret issue but a resonance issue. You can press the headstock against a wall which changes the resonance in the guitar and the note will ring out fine. You can drop tune a whole step and the dead spot will move two frets up.

Here’s a video from a bassist showing what a dead spot is.


and here's one on a Strat


It's a shame that they don't demonstrate that bending into the note or playing it elsewhere on the neck has the same issue. In fact mine is worse at the 16th G string than it is on 12th B.

It's just the way the wood resonates in a particular guitar that causes it. My Santana is very resonant.
 

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That definitely happens more on very resonant guitars. That Strats doing it all over. All my guitars do it to various degrees. I never really thought anything of it because you can hear it's the overtones canceling it out. Heavy, dead guitars I think may do it less because you don't have that richness on the notes.
 

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Yeah. I’m coming to terms with it on my Santana. It’s an awesome guitar otherwise.
 
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