Muting tremolo springs and strings behind the nut

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  1. Sumsar

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    Dunno if this is the right subforum, I guess this is guitar setup?

    Did a video on how I mute both the tremolo springs and the parts of the strings that are not supposed to ring (see bottom of post). This mainly resolves the problem of getting tight chugs when playing metal, but I am curious if people playing other genres have this issue and resolve it in a similar or other ways?

    My approach is to take pierces of cloth and warp over the headstock behind the nut for the part that rings out on every guitar. Same trick for the part of the strings located behind TOM style bridges.

    For muting the springs on Floyd Rose guitars, I use bigger pierces of cloth pushed under the springs to keep them quite. Putting enough stuff there to ensure the springs are effectively muted.

    I know there exist various products to deal with this. For the headstock many players use the Fretwraps, which can also be moved higher on the fretboard for lead playing.

    For the tremolo springs I have seen products where the springs are coated in a layer of plastic or rubber to achieve the muting. Has anyway tried these products and do they work well or can you create something equal with a pair of sciccors and some old cloth and 10 minutes of work?

     
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    Chris Bowsman Nu-Metal Apologist Contributor

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    I use foam under the springs in my LTD M-1000, and a Fret Wrap on the headstock. Sometimes I like to be able to make noise with the locked portion of the strings, and the FW allows me to unmute them easily.

    On my Strats, I let everything ring.
     
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    I either have foam or a piece of tube sock wedged under most of my trem springs. I need to dampen my head stocks too.
     
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    I only use Fretwraps on the fretless and only when using the sustainer. I used to place foam on the trem's cavity, but then it will mute the flutter effects faster, so I stopped doing so. For tight chugging I just mess with the amps settings until I get it... this and correctly choking the strings with either hands, mostly the rhythmic one, that in my case is the right hand.

    The base thing to control is the low end, high pass filters or fine tuned EQs do wonders in this matter.
     
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    For dampening the spring vibrations, all my guitars with floyds get 3/16" outer diameter fuel line tubing inserted into the cavity of the spring. Works perfectly, is invisible, and stays in place. I occasionally use fret wraps or a scrunchy for dampening the strings beyond the nut.
     
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    I have a few after nut dampers i use that came with some Tesla pickups

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    pretty sure you could DIY make some of these by soft lining freezer bag clips

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    For trem springs i sometimes use shrink wrap/heat tubing just cut to size and heat to shrink if i get a really noisy set.
     
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    Foam. Any kind, any color. No brand or hype. Just foam.
     
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    But where do you guys get the foam from?


    This sounds like something worth trying out!
     
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    Here's a good guide:
     
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    Use a hobby hot glue gun and coat your strings and springs.
     
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    Humbuck Can't stop, won't stop

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    The plastic tubing method as shown in that video is the most simple, easiest and most effective method for trem springs.
     
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    I use my pubes in my tremolo springs
     
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