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Hardware Effect: Bass Mutes

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bass_muter, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. bass_muter


    Dec 27, 2013
    Hello fellow bassists (and guitarists in bassist clothing!). I am doing some market research about Bass Mutes as I am looking at making a more efficient mute that slides under the strings without altering the tuning, fits any bass guitar, is as cheap as possible and can be fitted within 5 seconds.

    I have created a survey that allows me to see if this is something other musicians are interested in, and I would love it if any of you would take the time to fill it in.


    I am looking forward to hearing your views on the subject! I personally believe a decent mute should be in every bass players arsenal, especially when tackling a Motown set!

    Thanks in advance,
  2. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
    it's called a piece of foam.

    If you can make a great package that people will buy to support the manufacture of more and a profit to yourself then I say all the power to you...

    ...but all you need is a piece of foam. put it under your strings and adjust it and in about 5 seconds you're set.

    I mute with my palm but have really liked playing with foam.
  3. atheos


    Sep 28, 2008
    Tampere, Finland
    I've just cut myself a piece of plastic foam which I can pretty easily slide under the strings. Works like a charm and costs nothing. Goes in the same category than rubber washers as strap locks; they cost next to nothing and work perfectly.
  4. halfjackson


    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston, MA
  5. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I have one of these: BassMute
    Bought it a long time ago, don't even know if they are still made.
  6. bass_muter


    Dec 27, 2013
    Thanks for all the responses!
    I understand its a piece of foam, but what I am looking to create is something that isn't fiddly to place on the bass, in the dark, between songs without the singer needing to fumble through a joke so that the bassist has a chance to tune before busting into a Motown number.

    I have looked at the BassMute before too, but they seem to be VERY expensive and have to be fitted to the bass (although not a permanent fixture, but can't be placed between songs). They are very good though because they even have a 5 string model that allows you to only mute the low B string to stop any unwanted resonance.

    Thanks again guys, and ill see you in the forums!
  7. halfjackson


    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston, MA
    They've never returned any of my emails, but I don't think it'd fit with the oval bridge on a Lakland.