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String dampener?


El Bajista

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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!

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

 

http://www.mikelombardi.net/guitar/magnum.jpg

 

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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

 

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

 

http://www.mikelombardi.net/guitar/magnum.jpg

 

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

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