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Best way to mute?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bassinplace, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008

    I want to put a mute on my CV P bass. It has a bridge cover which I don't want to get rid of. What's the best method? Thanks!
  2. Not to sound like a smart a$$ .. tuner pedal is the best way to mute
  3. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    No, I mean for overtones, foam muting and such.
  4. daveman50

    daveman50 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Westchester County NY
    Glue or tape a strip of foam (i.e., weatherstripping) into the underside of the bridge cover. Google "fender bass foam mute cover" for photos & you'll see how they used to do it.
  5. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    NY & MA
    Actually, I think keeping all options open is the best way to go. Putting a piece of foam under the strings by the bridge, as opposed to gluing anything to the bridge cover, gives you the option of instantly using or not using the foam mute. Lots of threads on everyones preference of foam material.
  6. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Did a google as suggested and I've got a spare mousepad I'm gonna tinker with tonight. Thanks all! :)
  7. dmaki


    Apr 29, 2000
    Just jam a piece of foam under the strings near the bridge. Doesn't matter what kind it is. The taller it is, or longer it is longitudinally, the more pronounced the effect will be. Too much? Tear some off. Not enough? Get a bigger piece of foam.
  8. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    don't make it too thick or out of too dense a foam, or it will push the strings sharp.

    mousepad/wetsuit type foam is probably too thin and too dense.
  9. my bad :bag: :)
  10. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Take a look at Bob Babbits P Bass. He had some cool thing right near the bridge that was a mute.

    If it was cool enough for him it's cool enough for anyone.
  11. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    allmutes-1. <P>
    <P><a href="http://s294.photobucket.com/albums/mm91/yundev/?action=view&amp;current=mutes.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm91/yundev/mutes.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a><P> mutes2.
  12. Mrdak

    Mrdak uber bass geek baby!

    Feb 1, 2006
    Middle GA
    I know you said you wanna keep your bridge cover, but you might want to see this. The one and only Bobby Vega

    Using both hands to mute, with and without a pick... No covers, because they get in the way.

    my 2 cents :bassist:
  13. When I wanna go for a muted tone, I use my palm or blade of my right hand to mute
    while thumping with the side of my thumb - very effective
  14. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Very slick. Looks like you used mousepad, yes? I'm gonna give this a whirl.

    Impressive. As if...:smug:;). Never heard of this guy before. Thanks.
  15. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    This is some 1/4" silicone rubber sheet that I've had around for awhile...over 10 years, in fact, I remember that I got it at Shapiro Surplus, back when I lived in St. Louis.

    My original thought was to try pieces bent into a backwards, "C",
    but this has worked perfectly for overtone taming.
  16. bassballs_dk


    Aug 1, 2009
    as Carol Kaye says, foam on top of the strings if you use a pick, and under if you play finger style.
  17. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    I read this too, but she didn't go on to explain the reasoning behind it. Does anyone know?
  18. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    JLS has the right idea. I cut one from some foam packing that came with a computer part. A One piece foam mute works well if you plan to use it and remove it - depending on songs in the set, for instance. Mine just slides in front of the bridge saddles. You can size if for thickness and muting as needed.
  19. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012

    I use a strip of regular kitchen sponge/scrubber stuffed under the strings behind the bridge. Try to get the softer type of foam, and only cut it a little bigger than needs be (like 125 - 150% not 400%, as too much foam will alter tuning & intonation (i.e. creating a kind of 'foam bridge' in front of the real chap)).

    If you use a piece that's rectangular in section you can have a mild mute - then flip it and have a far more noticeable effect as that side is thicker. How 'bout the rest of ya'll?
  20. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Actually, she tapes some felt on top of the strings.

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