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Silencing Acoustic Guitar For Quiet Practice?

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  • My Gretsch Country Gentleman has two foam pads that one can push a lever and they come up and mute the strings. Its pretty cool but i prefer to use my hand to mute if I need that sound...more control
    The Magic really starts to happen when you can play it with your eyes closed
  • BonesBones Moderator
    I only use it when I am watching tv with my wife so I dont drive her completely crazy. .

    Wow, Jay ur wife is VERY tolerant!!! :-)
    Buco
  • edited April 2018
    I do have a decibel meter, so I can do a test between the muted and unmuted guitar if anyone is interested.

    Sure, it'd be interesting to see.

    Does that thing screw up the tuning/intonation?

    There was a similar thread sometime back and at that time I used a spare bridge and put a duct tape on the bottom and over the top. It deadened the volume some.
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • edited April 2018
    And today, I tried something else. I was thinking about what Jay said, muting the strings with the karate side of the palm. What could you use to come up with a similar result? I thought I had an aha moment when I remembered soft silicone ear plugs.
    Went to the drug store and got them. Put 2-3 together and made a thick noodle that went over the bridge. Then a couple of pieces for each end of the bridge. And a few more noodles around a soundhole.
    Tried it and it worked great, very muted sound.
    Then I went to take it off and realized this was a good idea but very dumb as far as material used. Everything started to get goopy.
    Fretboard cleaner lemon oil did a trick followed by a guitar polish and after 15-20 minutes everything was good and clean.

    But then I thought of what I should've in the first place, the poster putty. I use it to attach a Krivo pickup and never had any issue with a cleanup, comes off almost in one piece and it's very easy to pick up the rest. So I ordered some more. Will report back in a few days.
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • ScoredogScoredog Santa Barbara, Caâś­âś­âś­âś­
    you could give the ear plugs to your wife...just saying...:)
    BucoBones
  • geese_comgeese_com New Barault #105
    Buco wrote: »
    I do have a decibel meter, so I can do a test between the muted and unmuted guitar if anyone is interested.

    Sure, it'd be interesting to see.

    Does that thing screw up the tuning/intonation?

    There was a similar thread sometime back and at that time I used a spare bridge and put a duct tape on the bottom and over the top. It deadened the volume some.

    Well....i tried to find my decibel meter tonight but I could not find it. Once I figure out where it is, I will run the test.
  • ChiefbigeasyChiefbigeasy New Orleans, LAâś­âś­âś­ Alves de Puga DR670; Dupont MDC 50; The Loar LH600
    Fellas, you appear to have gone off the deep end. A little bit of rolled up cloth—eye glass cleaning felt—will do the trick. No muss, no fuss, no goop!

    As to how loud it is after muting, not sure what difference it makes. There’s still going to be a percussive pic click, if nothing else. If you can still hear the muted note, then surely anyone else in the room can too. Those of you with wives that tolerate this while watching TV are lucky; or, you must have the thing on really loud.

    If you’re using this method to strengthen or train your left hand, I can see the point. But if you want to practice some more forceful right hand work in concert with the left hand—which is what it’s all about, really—it’s going to be heard, almost no matter what you do. Besides, I think you need that auditory feedback to progress effectively.

    You got smile and chuckle from me, though, Buco. Don’t think I ever could have imagined how anyone could have ended up with melting plastic earplugs on the top of a guitar.
  • I play with the TV either to work up a phrase or a chord progression back and forth quietly to get the left hand to the point that I can do it correctly without thinking while watching TV and not losing the thread of the program or noodle along with whatever is on TV

    Some of the time I play my Gretsch and being a semi acoustic the hand muting on top of a quiet acoustic sound is not really noticeable.

    Other times I sue my Dunn and play quietly. As a believer in dynamics I find it takes more control and effort to play well very quietly than play loud, particularly with tremolo chords.
    The Magic really starts to happen when you can play it with your eyes closed
  • BonesBones Moderator
    Buco, how about some of the squishy foam ear plugs (or small bits of foam rubber) in between the strings right next to the bridge? Yeah don't use silicone. Use the foam rubber ones.

    Scoredog, oh yeah right. I'm sure our (more) significant others would be fine with donning earplugs so we can jam away! :-)
  • BonesBones Moderator
    edited April 2018
    Here's a picture. Works pretty well (velcro and ear plugs) but the tone sucks :-)

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