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string dampeners

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tomstoats, Mar 20, 2005.

  1. i play a lot of jazz and am looking to get that real damp sound with hardly any sustian that they got from the early jazz's. so id like to know what do you guys think of the string dampeners that were on the 62 jazz, under the bridge cover, sorta like the ones on a piano. were would be the best place to aquire some from in the uk and are they worth it? also dose the re 62 jazz come with the dampeners under the bridge pick up cover, if not, are they worth fitting if i brought a re 62 or a standard mia jazz, and dose anyone out there have any pictures of them fitted to a bass? :bassist:
  2. Try some foam, or a sponge under the strings close to the bridge. I tried several types of foams, the type that cushions are stuffed with, different densities, they all sound a little different. It might be a cheap alternative until you find a genuine bridge cover.
  3. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Use your palm. :D
  4. cheers guys dya know were would be the best place to get a set from in the uk and if there on the re 62 jazz
  5. Classical_Thump


    Jan 26, 2005
    I've seen people place foam earplugs under the strings in the bridge saddles, that works I suppose.
  6. JOME77

    JOME77 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Aside from the foam rubber under the bridge cover, nothing like a good set of real OLD flat wounds to cop that sound. The deader the better!
  7. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
  8. cool, think i mite get one of those. but itd be good to have the authentic fender look with the orginal type of dampener, ive looked in their parts catologe but there not in there, are they made still by any one? and are they fitted to the 62 re
  9. Nadav


    Nov 13, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    That looks pretty cool, but *expensive*. :eyebrow:
  10. genderblind


    Oct 21, 2004
    Try the Tony Levin Pampers diaper as a mute routine. Well, maybe not live unless you are into this look...
  11. ilikepie


    Jul 23, 2003
    Nope, they are not on the 62 RI. You can buy the string mutes from any fender dealer (Part No. 0055049000 - Mute Kit '62 Jazz Bass).
  12. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    I use this little foam piece that I found on my dad's work bench. I have no idea what it's for, but it does the job. I just cut it to the width of the bridge, slide it under the strings with the shorter side down, and it fits perfectly.

  13. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    A while back someone in the US tried for months to get one of those, and AFAIK was unsuccessful in the end. At the time I think Fodera was the US distributor, but he might have been trying direct also. It's a cool idea, though.