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#2234915 - 10/03/10 09:12 AM String dampener?
El Bajista Offline
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Hi there,

I noticed Bob Babbitt has a string dampener on the bridge end of his P bass (Page 22, October 2010 issue of Bass Player) and wondered if anyone out there knows where I can purchase one. Tried the usual web searches but came up with zilch.

Thanks!


Edited by El Bajista (10/03/10 09:12 AM)

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#2234916 - 10/03/10 09:18 AM Re: String dampener? [Re: El Bajista]
jeremy c Offline
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Hello!

I can't answer that specific question, but I can show you a picture of one of my basses. I put a piece of foam rubber under the strings at the bridge. It works fine.



Larger picture can be found here.


Edited by jeremy c (10/03/10 09:20 AM)
Edit Reason: reduced size of the picture
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#2234918 - 10/03/10 09:24 AM Re: String dampener? [Re: jeremy c]
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Thanks Jeremy. I occasionally do that too and use a lot of regular finger dampening in my playing but I was just after trying neat little gizmo Bob uses.

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#2234939 - 10/03/10 11:06 AM Re: String dampener? [Re: El Bajista]
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Someone makes one that is like a cam with a lever. A quick push on the lever and the mute raises up. Pull the lever back and the cam rotates down. I'll try to find it.
Rocky

Here it is, or one like it. http://www.elliomartina.com/bassmute/bm_mainframe.html


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#2234945 - 10/03/10 11:25 AM Re: String dampener? [Re: Rocky McDougall]
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yeah, there was an ad or a thread on the forum about it a few months ago.
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#2235068 - 10/03/10 07:41 PM Re: String dampener? [Re: Bottom End]
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In practice, an effective dampener is often a sponge, paper towel, or old t-shirt. Socks are optional.

Just add water.

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#2235115 - 10/04/10 01:37 AM Re: String dampener? [Re: Rocky McDougall]
El Bajista Offline
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Originally Posted By: Rocky MacDougall
Someone makes one that is like a cam with a lever. A quick push on the lever and the mute raises up. Pull the lever back and the cam rotates down. I'll try to find it.
Rocky

Here it is, or one like it. http://www.elliomartina.com/bassmute/bm_mainframe.html


Hey Rocky that looks like the very one. Nice find. Thanks a ton.

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#2235649 - 10/05/10 07:49 PM Re: String dampener? [Re: El Bajista]
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I have not found a USA source for the BassMute. I might be interested in one if the price and shipping is not too high.
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#2237563 - 10/13/10 07:41 PM Re: String dampener? [Re: El Bajista]
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Lowes or Home Depot black weather stripping. It comes in different sizes. The thickest one is perfect. Just the perfect tension on the strings under a bridge. In black it is almost unnoticable. $8 get you 25ft or so. Enough to do 80 basses.
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#2237654 - 10/14/10 08:32 AM Re: String dampener? [Re: Crabfat Slim]
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A friend has a piece of soft black foam, similar to Jeremy's photo, mounted under the bridge cover on one of his P basses. It's mounted over the top of the strings and gives the bass a cool upright sort of tone.
The one in Rocky's photo looks like it could be activated only when you want to use it. I like that.
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#2237686 - 10/14/10 10:28 AM Re: String dampener? [Re: jlrush]
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I've used one of the foam pads that came with my bike helmet. The helmet came with some extra pads--one of them was just the right length and width that I can slip it right under my strings at the bridge. Works pretty well, though I don't have much need for it in the music I'm playing these days.
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#2237741 - 10/14/10 01:57 PM Re: String dampener? [Re: Richard W]
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Carol Kaye has a piece of felt taped over the strings at the bridge on her bass.

I have recently started placing a small section cut from a Magic Sponge under the strings in front of the bridge on my P-Bass. I'm planning to cut a few sections of varying thickness so I can swap them out for different timbres.
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#2237769 - 10/14/10 05:08 PM Re: String dampener? [Re: Mudcat]
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I have an OLD 18 volt Ovation Magnum bass with 3 band EQ that I am rebuilding slowly. It has a mute that pops up and down. Found that old thing in a pawn shop years ago. Got it for $75
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#2237890 - 10/15/10 08:33 AM Re: String dampener? [Re: Bass Bastard]
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Originally Posted By: Bass Bastard
I have an OLD 18 volt Ovation Magnum bass with 3 band EQ that I am rebuilding slowly. It has a mute that pops up and down. Found that old thing in a pawn shop years ago. Got it for $75


What a steal @ $75.00! A bass so ugly it'a cool. They're pretty great sounding too, IIRC.

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#2237966 - 10/15/10 12:39 PM Re: String dampener? [Re: Mudcat]
El Bajista Offline
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Originally Posted By: Mudcat
Originally Posted By: Bass Bastard
I have an OLD 18 volt Ovation Magnum bass with 3 band EQ that I am rebuilding slowly. It has a mute that pops up and down. Found that old thing in a pawn shop years ago. Got it for $75


What a steal @ $75.00! A bass so ugly it'a cool. They're pretty great sounding too, IIRC.




Off topic but...I REALLY want that bass.

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#2238025 - 10/15/10 05:55 PM Re: String dampener? [Re: El Bajista]
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That is the exact one I have. The built in string dampener is cool.
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