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Foam mutes

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Precision101, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013
  2. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Bassist for Michael "Epic Mic" Rowe

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Can't say I've ever heard of people using mutes on a guitar, but those would probably do fine on bass. Easiest route to go is cutting some weather stripping that you buy from the hardware store. Heck, I even used the rubber foam from a pair of sandals for my P-bass, worked like a charm. Just need something spongy and strong.
  3. A friend of mine uses these...he plays a couple gigs a week... I personally do not use them, but for a few bucks... why not try them if your interested in them...
  4. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013

    You gave me an idea! I have this thick type sponge I could try
  5. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013
    So ImageUploadedByTalkBass1388372828.185924.

    Works like a charm. You said sponge and a lightbulb went off. Thanks!
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    This is not rocket surgery. Foam is foam, a bass is a bass, so just try different kinds of things. For muting people have used foam, fabric woven through the strings, and even things like hair scrunchies wrapped over the strings around the first fret.

    If it helps, the original foam between the bridge cover and the strings on my 1963 P-bass is essentially the same foam used for dense weatherstripping applications. I still have that foam in storage.
  7. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    That's just the foam that is meant to go on the Jag mute or on the underside of a P or J bridge cover.

    People use all sorts of muting materials. If not the stock Fender method using the bridge cover, it's usually a sponge stuck under the strings. I think Carol Kaye tapes a piece of foam over the strings.
  8. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013
    So I used the sponge and works great but by bass starts to sharp. Is that normal if I stick it under the strings?