Retarded question, but the curiousity is killing me!

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  1. xxvicarious

    xxvicarious SS.org Regular

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    So.... I buy my custom RG 7 string, and there's a hunk of foam between
    the truss rod cover and the strings, just above the locking nut. And I'm starting
    to see it more and more, especially on ss.org. So WHYYYY is this done? Just
    curious. I put the same foam padding behind the tremelo springs to kill that
    nasty 'ring' a lot of people are familiar with.

    Sorry for such a noob question, I've just been curious as to why it was
    there, ANDDD if I should put a fresh piece back in the same place.

    YOUR THOUGHTS! Hey, thanks :hbang:
     
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    Stealthdjentstic Banned

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    To kill vibration behind the nut, helps a bit with feedback too.
     
  3. MABGuitar

    MABGuitar What's a guitar?

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    It isn't a noob question man! All it does is eliminate useless string noise above the nut, I use one myself and now playing without it only pisses me off. :)

    Edit: I type as slow as my grandma.
     
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    Yeah you'll notice it more with inline headstocks.
     
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    master of the human race SS.org Regular

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    to lower sympathetic vibration
     
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    skeels ..to pay the beels

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    Can't understand why people would want LESS feedback ...
     
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    VBCheeseGrater not quite a shredder

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    You must have never played a guitar with crap pickups and a lousy amp :realmad:. You would understand then!
     
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    illimmigrant A Different Logic

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    My Carvin makes a ton of string noise above the nut. You can hear it when you pick and stop the strings. So it makes it impossible to cleanly track riffs like the one in the middle of the song "light" by periphery, or even the riffs from "Eureka" because every time you stop the strings, you hear that noise. I first noticed this with my Ibanez 7420. In this case, it was actually the springs from the trem that continued to vibrate for a moment after muting the strings. Since I don't use the trem at all, I put a couple pieces of tape on the springs to absorb that vibration and done! The foam above the nut is magical and great for tracking. I've seen others use rubber bands, hair bands, and if you've ever seen Greg from Mudvayne tracking guitars in the DVD for "the end of all things to come," you'll see tissues above the nut of his gibson flying V.
     
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    xxvicarious SS.org Regular

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    Awesome, thanks for the answers! Like I said, I did have some spring noise, but a piece
    of foam behind the springs eliminated that. Looks like i'll be putting some foam above the
    locking nut, see what it does. Thanks again!
     

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