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Capo - Identification!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jenra, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    That doesn't look like a capo. It's probably a hairband or something similar that he is using to keep the open strings from vibrating.
  2. Hmm it's a nice effect though.. And for some reason his open strings sound brigther when he applies it. Non the less it seems like a product - what's it called?
  3. bass10bfb

    bass10bfb Prophet Low End Provider Gold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2011
    Newport, TN.
  4. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    It looks like a Fretwrap. It's definitely not a Capo.
  5. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Clearly a Fretwrap. You can see the logo on it in the video.

    Just a expensive version of a scrunchie hairband damper.

    A Capo used like this would be the roller type which this isn't.

    The purpose of the damper is to kill the sound of the back half of the strings when tapping. That's why the sound is still bright. The damper is NOT damping the string half from the fret to bridge, only the half from the fret back to the nut. OK?

    And also when he has the Fretwrap back over the nut, the purpose is to damp "wolf tones" of the short portion of strings between nut and tuning machines. It's real common for players to put a scrunchie there do this even if they don't tap.
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I use one on my VB5 for Beatles songs to give it a little thump. You can just push it up above the nut when you don't need it, then pull it down between the nut and the first fret (or wherever) to mute overtones a bit.
  7. carlis


    Dec 28, 2005
    A capo is used to alter the pitches of "open" strings, like Richard Bona did in this video:

    It sounds like that the bassist in your video used chorus/reverb effects, and the fretwrap was used for ease of muting only.
  8. JxBass

    JxBass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2008
    Victor Wooten does the fretwrap thing at times.
  9. Thanks! It does seem odd now... *facepalm*
    I'll look into it! :D

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