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Foam Bridge Mute

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by BAG, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. What do people prefer to use for foam mutes? I tried some rubber yoga mat that was laying around at home but it's too hard. Just wondering what others are using and why.
  2. back4more


    Aug 11, 2007
    Oakland, CA
    A piece of sponge has done the trick for me in the past. I used the kind of sponge you wash your car with.
  3. Baltimore Bass

    Baltimore Bass

    Jul 14, 2016
    I cut up an old foam beer koozie and rolled up one side of it. Works like a champ.
  4. Foam rubber paint brushes do it for me. Take the stick out, fold one time and cut the ends that stick out.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2017
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  5. There's two things I can try tonight. Thanks fella's.
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  6. gjohnson441496


    Dec 14, 2014
    I use that grey foam that you can sometimes find in packing boxes
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  7. I use a strip of felt cut at an angle on the ends. I fold it a few times the angled ends allow me to give the G and D strings less mute.
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  8. davenumber2


    Aug 14, 2013
    I use a piece of weather stripping for door frames folded onto itself.
  9. filmtex


    May 29, 2011
    I bought a green foam mattress topper for our RV a couple years ago that was a bit too wide. I keep a chuck of that in my briefcase and sometimes jam that in front of the bridge. Works like a champ.
  10. I have also used foam and rubber for mutes but the black felt looks and sounds better. The problem with the felt is that it about a minute to in place just right.
    I would prefer a mechanical mute but can't justify buying one right now. I might try building one someday but I only use a mute about 5% of the time.
  11. lowplaces

    lowplaces Got Punch ? Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2015
    Louisville Kentucky
    What material did Fender use on their P Bass ?
  12. I understand it was strips of foam rubber. They were gone before I became a bassists.
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  13. filmtex


    May 29, 2011
    That's what I use. Keep a couple pieces of different sizes in my briefcase.
  14. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    This kind of stuff. I swiped some from a pedal or mic package.

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  15. I use weather stripping with the same material. It has adhesive on the bottom so I layer a couple and add a one more in the middle for the A and D string.
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  16. Baltimore Bass

    Baltimore Bass

    Jul 14, 2016
    I use a rectangular strip I cut from a beer koozie, rolled up. Works great, and is easily adjusted.
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    I know that the foam has taken a 'set' over the years - and I don't really mind as it's just to keep the strings from ringing.

    What I have found for a neater mute is a Scrunchy on the neck, at the first fret.
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  18. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    I have a sacrificial mouse mat that worked just fine. I've also used hair scrunchies weaved lightly between the strings at the bridge when something more subtle was needed - tended to limit upper harmonics without killing too much sustain in the fundamental.

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