Re: muting the strings

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Posted by rob on September 08, 2000 at 01:31:40:

In Reply to: Re: Bill Dickens uses it.....(m) posted by Deman on September 07, 2000 at 20:09:28:

Carol Kaye advocates the use of a muting device for the strings, namely either a piece of felt taped to the top of the strings (pickers exclusively) near the bridge, or a piece of soft foam placed underneath the strings near the bridge for fingerstyle and the occasional picker. The idea as I understand it is to deaden the over/undertones of the strings giving a much cleaner and purer tone. The strings should still ring. I just found a soft piece of foam rubber, the kind used for a seat cushion, cut it until it looked right and stuck it underneath the strings near the bridge. It does make a difference, and I'm not completely sure I've done mine the correct way. Hmmm... looks like a little experimenting is in order.

I also discovered the closer you slid the mute to the bridge, the more it would deaden the strings, giving a more percussive quality to the sound.

Thanks for letting me have my two cents.


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