- - Jazz bass mutes
|4snaar ||10-12-2013 02:54 PM |
Jazz bass mutes
I have installed mutes on my jazz bass. This type of mutes were on the jazz basses of the first years. I use the mutes together with flatwound strings and I am just experimenting now. Does somebody else uses these mutes?
|shrimpflea ||10-12-2013 03:24 PM |
I had a AV 62RI Jazz w/flats and thought about doing this many times but never did. I would just shove some foam under the strings....curious to see (or hear) if this sounds much different.
|4snaar ||10-13-2013 12:18 PM |
I am using mutes for the first time. I also have a precision and I have installed some foam under the strings. For some music styles it is very nice. But most likely I will play most of the time without the mutes/foam.
I was curious if somebody else uses the mutes. It is part of the old jazz basses (my jazz is not old), but I think that the mutes have been removed on most of the old basses.
|maclif ||10-13-2013 12:40 PM |
Experience with mutes
I'm dedicating a bass for flatwounds and a mute. I love the sound and feel for some music and certainly not for everything. I do some gigs that don't specialize so much and I need a more modern sound in a lot of the material.
I'm still trying to find the perfect mute material. I liked the firm sponge/foam mutes that came on my 65 Jazz bass and my 68 Tele bass; however, they were pressed against the string from the bridge cover. Now you can buy the "vintage" covers without the mute. So many of us kids took them off, Fender gave up on them.
I like the mute to apply pressure to the string, close to the bridge; and narrow so they do not travel up the string too far. Once I experienced some tuning/intonation issues with using a 2"wide piece of softer sponge. I was removing it for some songs and replacing it for others. Sometimes it was not in exactly the same place; sometimes away from the bridge a little and going toward the pickup.
I was under the impression the mutes on the old Fenders were on the underside of the bridge cover; no?
Anyways... here's my muting system...
|shrimpflea ||10-13-2013 12:56 PM |
They were on all Fenders except the early Jazz Basses which had the individual mute system for about a year and half and then went to the foam under the cover setup.
|LanEvo ||10-13-2013 01:26 PM |
My '72 Jazz had a strip of foam rubber (looked like weatherstripping) glued to the underside of the bridge cover. I wasn't crazy about the tone, so I removed it. I think it works better on a P-Bass than a Jazz.
Anyway, it's easy enough to mute with the side I your hand and pluck with your thumb if you're looking for that thunky sound.
Pretty sure my '67P had foam on the underside of the bridge cover. When I use it, I use pieces of foam similar to the ones in the pic above since I haven't seen the cover in decades.
Can't see palm muting being very useful, for me at least. YMMV.
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