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Cork wedged under tailpiece

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by mellassie, Dec 10, 2003.

  1. Has anyone encountered the practice of wedging a cork from a wine bottle between the tailpice and the bass? I have seen a couple of people do this recently......any info?
  2. My guess would be that they are trying to stop a rattle or buzz and are too cheap to go to a luthier.
  3. tsolo


    Aug 24, 2002
    Ft. Worth
    Ouch. Actually I hadn't had time yet so I put it under there temporarily and got run over and killed by a drummer on his way to a paying gig before I could get it checked out.
  4. JJBluegrasser

    JJBluegrasser Wannabe Snazzy Dresser

    Apr 17, 2003
    USA, Raleigh, NC
    I think they are trying to sort of hack together a tension block. A real luthier can place a block between the bass and the end of the tailpiece and this will reduce the amount of force on the top of the bass. I think it also reduces the overall tension on the strings. If I remember correctly, alot of slap players do this, especially if they use steel strings. Mark Rubin explains this idea on his "The Ungentle Art" video. I think that it kills any arco sound, but it makes slapping easier.

  5. tension block? wouldn't that be the same thing as a raised saddle?