Hair tie looking thing..?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jblmusic1994, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. What are these hairtie-esque things that I see on some basses? They are usually at the very top of the neck near the nut, and a good percentage of the time, they are on 5 or 6 stinger basses.

    My only guess is that they are there to kill any unnecessary overtones on the low strings.

    Can anyone enlighten me?
  2. Fat_Joe


    Apr 2, 2013
    Knoxville, TN
    Do you have a picture? I have no idea, but someone might recognize them if they see them.
  3. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    Yes they are there to dampen unwanted open string resonations, especially when tapping.
  4. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once...

    Feb 24, 2013
    You can pay $20 for an o-fficial string damper.
    Or you can buy a bag of scrunchies at any grocery for $1.

    I learned this from watching a Victor Wooten interview, and it works for me...

    I'd probably buy the gauzey terrycloth style if I had a choice, but the day I went shopping, all I could find were lacey frilly ones. Mneh. They work fine...
  5. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    I find a wrist sweatband works well. Sometimes I have to sew them up a bit to get them tight enough.
  6. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    +1. Used as a damper when slapping or tapping.
  7. Slade N

    Slade N Supporting Member

    May 28, 2005
    portland, or
    tapping is for kegs and a$$e$....really tho, its a great simple fix
  8. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    Back when I still played 7 & 8 string basses I found the rubber, no-skid shelf mat material worked better for me than the hair ties. Just cut a small slice and run it under the strings at the nut.

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  9. Thanks, guys. :)