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Hair ties to mute strings?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gimmeagig, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. I see more and more players who use hair ties on their basses to keep strings from ringing.
    I have never tried it but especially when I play my 5 string I have to be careful about sympathetic vibrations . Muting everything that could possibly ring is a little more difficult for me on my 5er.
    Live it's not as much a big deal as in the studio.
    Do you guys use hair ties to dampen the strings?
    And ( I know this sounds stupid) which ones are the ones to get?
  2. Volpe25


    May 5, 2012
    I use them, but only really when tapping! As for which ones to get, Im not sure of what you'd call them but they're a head band type thing. I find scrunchies too thin to effectively mute all the strings (I've my 5'er strung EADGC). http://images.rakuten.com/PI/0/1000/226620840.jpg
    Its that sort of thing, only no little plastic things.
  3. cthomas5200

    cthomas5200 Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    I stole one of my wife's hair scrunchies for my 5'er. I only use it when slapping just to control my somewhat sloppy technique. Works good for me.
  4. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    I would also be curious to know. I have bought a couple of hair ties at this point and none of them work. They are either too small to mute or too large to get tight.

    Also, it should only be used when popping and slapping or tapping, if you are using it to your everyday playing, you should work on your technique. Take Wooten for example, he always has one on his headstock but it only comes out when he doesn't have a hand free to mute.
  5. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    I use a wristband from a halloween store with a pirate on it.
    Wristband has enough heft and elastic to be an effective string damper and I can push it up above the nut when I don't want it.
  6. MidnightRadio


    Sep 20, 2012
  7. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
  8. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Yeah I have known about gruv gear for years but I am not about to spend $30 on a pack I can get for $4 just because one is "Made for bass"
  9. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
  10. Kuroth


    Dec 2, 2012
    So if I may ask.. How do you install them?(Where exactly do you put them on the Bass etc)
  11. Eublet


    Jul 28, 2006
    The Gruvgear wraps work much better than any scrunchie. If muting strings like this is a part of your playing, then IMHO they are more than worth the price. They mute evenly across all strings, and let you place them much closer to the nut unlike a scrunchie which will not mute the A and D strings very effectively as you move closer to the nut. They can be adjusted to get the tightness you want, and they look much better. A pair is likely to last you forever if you aren't prone to losing things.
  12. wcoffey81


    Feb 3, 2012
    S/E Michigan
    a while ago i watched a video of victor wooten's rig run down and in it he said he uses hair scrunchies from the dollar store. so that's probably why it's so popular
  13. I checked out the gruvgear clips on youtube and made my own.
    Had some 3/4" velcro strips that had adhesive in the back and I glued a strip of neoprene rubber over the length where the stings touch.The wrap is about 10" long. Most of the muting is on the outside strings but that's also where most of the ringing comes from, so it seems to work pretty well.If I want more muting I slide it up to the 2nd fret that tightens the wrap.
    Thanks for getting me started on this.
  14. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
  15. dagovna659


    Mar 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    +1 I also have 4 daughters that I can get scrunchies from or go to the dollar store and be done with it. I would never pay $30 for a fret-wrap. Dollar store good enough for Victor its good enough for me.
  16. Like people above I tried the Hair Scrunchie thing for many years (long haired, so I bought them myself :) ) and like people above I've bought a set of Gruv Grear @ 3 for 30 (not just 1!) and will never go back. Something actually designed for what it's supposed to do as opposed to something that's cheap and kinda-sorta works...
  17. eddododo

    eddododo Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    This is not usually my point-of-view, but victor wootens control, efficiency, and pure technique surpasses many many pro's. I have seen him in an intimate setting without headbands, and with both hands flying his muting was still clean. So im sure they work great for him, but if youre to any degree RELYING on them, go.with the fretwraps
  18. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Use Gruvgear Fretwraps (got a set) or make your own using whatever dampening material you can find and a velcro cable wrap (I used some wetsuit material as a core [neoprene] and wrapped it longwise with a partial piece of a velcro cable wrap - soft side out against the strings) Works great.

  19. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    A pic of the side view:

  20. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    And you can use it to wrap your cable when you are not playing!

    My question has always been how to get the hair tie on! If is big enough to go over the headstock, then it is too big to mute, or am I missing the obvious??
    warwicktor likes this.

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