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What's with the Scrunchie's??

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by John Ruiz, Oct 9, 2002.


  1. John Ruiz

    John Ruiz

    Oct 9, 2000
    Plano, Tx
    Why do some bassists (e.g victor wooten) put scrunchies behind the nut on the headstock of their basses? Does this eliminate some kind of false tone or something? I cant see it being tight enough to increase string tension significantly, although I haven't tried it, so I can't say that for sure. Just curious... :confused:
     
  2. tehy keep the open strings from vibrating undesirely when released after being tapped or popped.
     
  3. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    If you ever get a chance to see Wooten's "Bass Extremes" video, he describes the whole scrunchie thing. He uses them, as said before, to dampen the other strings while he's playing chords or harmonics or what have you. He also describes how you can move the scrunchie along the neck with your thumb. If you can put up with Steve Bailey's sense of humor (which mainly involves ripping on Wooten), it's good video to watch.