why does victor wooten put a hair tie on his bass

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by haraj, Aug 7, 2002.


  1. haraj

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    what does puting a hair tie up the neck do for the overall sound?
    coz i noticed that vic and his brother reggie wooten both uses them.
  2. luisnovelo

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    To stop the open strings from vibrating when not intended (sp?) to. It's something that thends to hapen a lot when tapping or doing multystring pops. Sometimes the strings tend to keep on ringing after being fretted ..u know..
  3. bassmusic808

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    isn't that cheating?
  4. ChaosGwar

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    He uses it as a mute.
  5. Bassin'

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    Is there even such a thing when it comes to music?:p :D
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    Like my signature says, folks
  7. Jontom

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    If you're referring to the capo-like thing he attaches between the nut and the tuning machines, it is in place of a string tree. This helps to give better downward pressure as the strings pass over the nut which in turn gives you better sustain.
  8. haraj

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    no im certain it's a simple ordinary to be used round the house hair tie. he moves it down the neck when he is tapping or doin his open hammer pluck. i agree with the fellas that said it was for muting or deadning the strings.;)
  9. SquattingDog

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    It is a hair tie. I watched a video of Victor and Steve Bailey my friend let me borrow. He said he uses it to keep open strings from ringing, and it is easy to move up or down the neck when needed.
  10. fretlessrock

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    Yes, it is a mute. It keeps open strings under control when tapping, or any time when you don't want that and you can't spare a plam or finger ;-)

    The Chapman Stick uses a mute on the fingerboard for the same reason. If you see the Bass Day 98 vid you can see Reggie using it. I thought that it was a badass and innovative solution.
  11. JAUQO III-X

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    Not true at all.it's not strong enough to act as a capo anyway.it's sole purpose is that of a mute.and for those who may want to know Bill Dickens was the first to incorporate it's useage when he first started using his first 7 string to help mute the strings that were ringing.
  12. Jontom

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    Sheesh! I guess you weren't referring to the "capo-like" thing between the nut and the tuning machines then! EXCUUUUUSE ME! Did anyone read my post?
  13. luisnovelo

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    Don't worry jontom, there were no big missunderstandings..

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