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How to Tell if a Jig is Tungsten or Lead? #13668177 08/14/20 10:54 PM
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Had bought some tungsten jigs very early this year and neglected to separate them from my lead jigs. Now they are mixed together and wonder if there is there a way or a test to determine which of them are tungsten? They look the same...

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Re: How to Tell if a Jig is Tungsten or Lead? [Re: befuddled] #13668184 08/14/20 10:59 PM
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This is gonna sound weird but lift up the skirt and scratch the part you suspect may be lead with a small knife. If it is tungsten you won't be able to scratch it.



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Re: How to Tell if a Jig is Tungsten or Lead? [Re: befuddled] #13668188 08/14/20 11:00 PM
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You could also try using sound. I'd think if you tap them against a hard surface you'll be able to tell which is which

Re: How to Tell if a Jig is Tungsten or Lead? [Re: befuddled] #13668312 08/15/20 12:56 AM
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Lead will dent, tungsten wil.not.

Re: How to Tell if a Jig is Tungsten or Lead? [Re: Mark Perry] #13668362 08/15/20 01:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Ken A.
This is gonna sound weird but lift up the skirt and scratch the part you suspect may be lead with a small knife. If it is tungsten you won't be able to scratch it.


This ^


Originally Posted by sdavis24
You could also try using sound. I'd think if you tap them against a hard surface you'll be able to tell which is which


This ^


Originally Posted by Mark Perry
Lead will dent, tungsten will not.



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Re: How to Tell if a Jig is Tungsten or Lead? [Re: befuddled] #13668366 08/15/20 01:44 AM
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Why is tungsten better?

Re: How to Tell if a Jig is Tungsten or Lead? [Re: Mark Perry] #13668367 08/15/20 01:44 AM
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Thanks guys! I tried the sound but couldn't tell difference. Will try the scratch and dent methods ---- they gotta work!

Re: How to Tell if a Jig is Tungsten or Lead? [Re: wh2004] #13668430 08/15/20 02:37 AM
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Originally Posted by wh2004
Why is tungsten better?


It’s denser, so the equivalent weight will be smaller. It also transfers feel better than lead.


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Re: How to Tell if a Jig is Tungsten or Lead? [Re: Ken A.] #13668455 08/15/20 03:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Ken A.
This is gonna sound weird but lift up the skirt and scratch the part you suspect may be lead with a small knife. If it is tungsten you won't be able to scratch it.


While you have the skirt up may try sniffing it too to tell if it’s good enough for a bass to bite it if not may wanna spray it! bolt

Re: How to Tell if a Jig is Tungsten or Lead? [Re: wh2004] #13668630 08/15/20 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by wh2004
Why is tungsten better?


Tungsten being better can be subjective. With lead being a softer metal there are cases in which it produces less sound and could be a benefit over tungsten. In other cases the smaller profile and more pronounced sound of tungsten could be a benefit over lead.

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Originally Posted by Bass-N-Buck Master
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This is gonna sound weird but lift up the skirt and scratch the part you suspect may be lead with a small knife. If it is tungsten you won't be able to scratch it.


While you have the skirt up may try sniffing it too to tell if it’s good enough for a bass to bite it if not may wanna spray it! bolt


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Re: How to Tell if a Jig is Tungsten or Lead? [Re: Bass-N-Buck Master] #13668838 08/15/20 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Bass-N-Buck Master
Originally Posted by Ken A.
This is gonna sound weird but lift up the skirt and scratch the part you suspect may be lead with a small knife. If it is tungsten you won't be able to scratch it.


While you have the skirt up may try sniffing it too to tell if it’s good enough for a bass to bite it if not may wanna spray it! bolt


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Re: How to Tell if a Jig is Tungsten or Lead? [Re: befuddled] #13668894 08/15/20 05:33 PM
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Weigh them and that should give you a clue. The hook and skirt can disguise the weight a little but I can tell the difference between my 1/4, 3/8, 1/2 and one ounce jigs by the size of the head.


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