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    Tech Question for Bassists (or Guitarists)

    Was watching a video of Blind Faith and noticed Ric Grech has a piece of foam stuck under the strings between the bridge and the last pickup (see photo).

    Reason?


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    It mutes the strings a little making the notes die off a little faster.

    See this Q&A from a search I just did

    https://www.talkbass.com/threads/foa...f-bass.563657/

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    If you watch the Neal Morse Sola Scriptura and Beyond DVD, that wonder kid guitarist, Paul Bielatowicz kept a hair scrunchie on the headstock, just behind the nut. When he was about to do some fancy tapping, he would move the scrunchie in front of the nut to mute all the other strings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    If you watch the Neal Morse Sola Scriptura and Beyond DVD, that wonder kid guitarist, Paul Bielatowicz kept a hair scrunchie on the headstock, just behind the nut. When he was about to do some fancy tapping, he would move the scrunchie in front of the nut to mute all the other strings.
    Actually looks like a Gruv Gear Fret Wrap, which they developed in response to guitarists using hair scrunchies. It performs a similar function as a foam mute, though you can have the Fret Wrap tied pretty loosely so you are only dampening sympathetic ringing, primarily when tapping. That is the Fret Wrap's primary purpose.

    The foam mute by the bridge, or string dampeners (like the ones on Jaco's bass, before he ripped them off) were used extensively in the 60s - 70s, particularly in the studio. I've experimented with both a mute and Fret Wraps, but in the end don't use either, even on my 50s reissue P bass. I can get enough mute from my palm when needed, and overall prefer a somewhat more open sound. But mutes can sound great in the right circumstance.

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    The Gruv Gear Fret Wrap is a good product.

    Sometimes I think muting strings is more important than the actual playing of a note!

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    Home-made Jimmy Clip.

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    Original Fender P Bass had this "mute" as standard equipment, actually. It's an interesting sound.....big tubby attack and a very quick decay with muted highs throughout.
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