Heya guys. So. I've been invited to play bass for a startup psychobilly project, and after watching several videos of bands that the starter (vox/guitar) mentioned as influences, and reading up on the genre, it has been made apparent that what I would need is an upright to fit with the genre standard. I cannot afford an upright, let alone a full double bass (though I slobber over them, and would sell my firstborn for an Alembic Classico ). I played a Dean Pace 5 today at a music store and found that I really liked the feel and sound of an upright, and I've been chatting with the purveyor of Krappy Guitars about the cost of a twiggy and other such things. But, that's not the point of this post. Even though I can't afford an upright, I do have about $30 I can spend on things a month, and I have heard that it is possible to get a similar sound to an upright with some cheap mods. So, I am looking to buy a set of flatwounds, and I have a big block of foam I am gonna cut up to make string mutes for my SX J with bridge and pickup cover. I have a couple questions though: When using a foam mute, do you put it under the strings, touching the body, or on top of the strings, below the ashtray? Will the frets on my bass alter the sound produced by the flatwounds much? Will they wear the strings down more quickly than a fretless? Are there any other ways to get a more upright/acoustic DB sound from an electric? Thanks.