Posted by Bill D on April 03, 2002 at 18:31:45:
In Reply to: what do you call that mute thing on the bridge on old basses? posted by Andrew on April 02, 2002 at 11:04:32:
: Ive seen them used on regge videos, my friend said he played one and it was kinda like a sponge. where can I buy one?
It is simply called a string mute. It was standard on all bass guitars until the late 70s. They were typically made of sponge rubber [3.5" x 1/4" x 1/4"] and were installed under the bridge cover with glue(or in the bridge mech itself in the case of Rickenbackers and Musicman basses. 1960 Jazz basses used a different type of mute system, similar to one found on a piano. These reuire drilling into you bass. The same thing can be accomplished using the heal of you hand. I would go to flat wound strings before messing with a mute.
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