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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by redhed, May 11, 2011.
Just wondering if anyone can recomend what to use as a string mute for my P-BASS
Any reasonably dense foam, under the strings, at the bridge. Not much contact is required. Do a search for 'P bass foam mute" or similar terms and you'll find a lot of discussion.
Why do you do this ?
Muting a string , i dont understand why ?
Foam! Foam! Foam!
There's always this.
why, old school tone of a P.
The foam that mechanical HVAC companies use is perfect. Go to a mechanical engineering or repair company and ask them for a sample of their sealer/duct foam or go to a commercial construction site and ask the GC. Perfect density. You really don't need to by this stuff for 5-10 dollars.
I do the foam under the strings at the bridge thing all the time to get an "upright" imitation out of my AC50 acoustic.
All you need is a wedge of foam under strings near the bridge. But you'll find that you'll need different degrees of damping going from the higher to the lower strings. Lower strings take more. So the solution is to make the foam in a wedge shape so by pulling or pushing it under the strings you can adjust the amount of damping on one end or the other. Foam is easily available so it's no big deal to experiment with shapes and sizes.
As someone who has spent a good deal of time on commercial construction sites, this is not a course of action that I would suggest.
You can try HVAC supply houses, or sheetmetal fabricators, but you could just as easily find something suitable at Lowe's or Home Depot.
Scrunchies serve a similar purpose but for a different reason. To be precise: they only mute open strings (EDIT: unless you slide them around).
Those foam pieces can be found in some packing materials when you buy electronics. I keep those so I can use them as mutes, just slide a long piece beneath the strings near the bridge when I want to use it.
I've gotten good results from using the foam from an old mouse pad. A couple months ago I went to my local craft store and picked up some foam, which has been working wonderfully for me. Any craft store, such as Michaels, should carry foam.
I use The Mufler. They work great, but are a bit on the expensive side.
Thanks for showing this. A helluva alot better deal than the bassmute for $100+.
For me it worked out quite nicely...
When i bought my '62 P pup... i just cut up and used the foam in the box the pup was in... works like a charm
weather stripping works fine.
I use the heel of my hand when using a pick. It gives me
a lot of control and flexibility in muting.
I can mute through the verses and play wide open through the choruses, then back to muting etc.
Fender muting foam is the same as the black weatherstripping foam you can buy at Home Depot. It has peel & stick adhesive on one side, is about 1/2 wide and maybe 3/8" thick. Works perfectly and isn't expensive -
You may want to experiment with different type foams to get the exact sound you're after, though. You may need extra width on the lower strings (make a wedge shape mute)
I still prefer the heel of my hand for flexibility. But if you play a lot of funk and always want a slightly deader thump most of the time, foam is the way to go + finger picking.
Electric Bass Mute 101: The Magic Sponge « Fever in the Funkhouse
By the way, that website is awesome. I wonder if a TB'er is behind it.
I use a hot pink dish sponge. It looks dead sexy against my blueburst G&L.