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Author:  hessodreamy [ Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:36 am ]
Post subject:  String damping for 330

Apologies if this is a obvious question, but are there any particular techniques or products people use for damping the ringing strings behind the bridge on 330 or 360?

I mean, ringing is what a rick is all about, obviously, but there are times when I want the strings to stop dead without any after ring.

Author:  eggman [ Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: String damping for 330

Howdy,

I always remove the bridge cover on my Rickenbackers. Palm-muting is easy that way. Good luck!

Author:  Ain'tGotNoPokemon [ Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: String damping for 330

I find it's easy to palm mute with the bridge cover, but prefer it off for several reasons:

1. It's easier to change strings.

2. It looks better.

3. The sound is a bit more open, chimey, and airy.

4. My hand is used to other bridge styles, so it's easier to play.

Author:  Tommy360 [ Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: String damping for 330

hessodreamy wrote:
Are there any particular techniques or products people use for damping the ringing strings behind the bridge on 330 or 360?

All guitars with a tailpiece will produce that ringing behind the bridge. Good thing about a Ric is that the ringing is easily blunted with no change to the look of the guitar.

On some guitars I just stuff a polishing cloth under those strings behind the bridge. Looks terrible. A cool way of doing it is to weave a dollar bill through the strings. Looks cooler than a polishing cloth.

With a Ric it is easy and neat. Just cut yourself a strip of black felt about three inches long and a quarter inch wide. Weave that between the strings and slide it down to the top of R tailpiece. The felt will fit underneath the front of the R tailpiece and be completely out of sight. That annoying ringing is now gone and the guitar looks the same.

Author:  Ain'tGotNoPokemon [ Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: String damping for 330

Well, there are those who would embrace that aspect of the guitar, though. Kevin Shields certainly did.

Author:  hessodreamy [ Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:36 am ]
Post subject:  Re: String damping for 330

Ain'tGotNoPokemon wrote:
Well, there are those who would embrace that aspect of the guitar, though. Kevin Shields certainly did.

Oh, I do love the ringing. Normally. I've got a DeArmond which does the same. But there's times when ringing isn't appropriate.

I'm liking the idea of a strip of velvet wrapped around the strings. Very decadent!

Also looking forward to trying the bridge cover off!

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