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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Foam mute & tuning


the far country

Jun 11th, 2012 06:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I finally tried out using a piece of old pickup spacer foam under the strings of my P bass. Really liked the thump. Question is, how do you deal with the tuning? The foam is like moving the saddles way forward and throws off the intonation. Do you tune for open strings? Tune for the 5th fret? Just ignore it?

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North of Philly

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Jun 11th, 2012 08:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


Do you have a bridge cover? If you do try glueing the foam to the underside of the cover right over the saddles.

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Wichita, Kansas

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Jun 11th, 2012 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You may be using foam that is too thick or too hard. Another option is to use a strip of felt woven between the strings



Jun 11th, 2012 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If put under the strings,cut the foam so that it "barely" touches the strings.
If weather strip kind stuck inside the bridge cover,back it off the strings abit. aero


New York City

Jun 11th, 2012 11:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Should not make a difference in tuning/intonation.

Try using less or a softer material.

I use very soft memory foam. I trim it to about a half inch and tuck under strings as far back against the bridge as it will go. I cut it just thick enough so that it stays in place and won't fall out while playing. No problem tuning. I can even move it forward a bit for a stronger muting effect and tuning stays true.


the far country

Jun 12th, 2012 07:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I DO have a cover laying around. I'll try that. It's a great sound with this P.

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