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What is that piece of felt on Di Mauro guitars for?

Chris MartinChris Martin Shellharbour NSW Australia✭✭ Petrarca, Catelluccia, Bucolo, Martino, Hofner, Hoyer, Burns
I have often wondered what the little strip of felt behind the nut on Di Mauro guitars is for, I even have a mandolin with the same feature, but have not seen it used on any other brands. I could only guess there may have been some idea that it could help damp some unwanted vibration. Any clues?

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  • Wim GlennWim Glenn oƃɐɔᴉɥƆModerator 503
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    Damp unwanted overtones from those scraps of strings, of course
  • Wim GlennWim Glenn oƃɐɔᴉɥƆModerator 503
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    Some guys do the same thing with a sock or scarf or something, if the overtones annoy them..

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  • Chris MartinChris Martin Shellharbour NSW Australia✭✭ Petrarca, Catelluccia, Bucolo, Martino, Hofner, Hoyer, Burns
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    Well I had guessed it was for something like that, but if so, why have I only seen it on Di Mauro instruments? They were always good guitars, not top of the pile, and not cheap junk either, so if this idea had any merit, why was it not used by others? Has anybody else seen any other brand of guitar that came with the felt strip as original? It doesn't bother me, but there are many people who like to study and analyse every quirk of the luthier's art, and question the tiniest detail, so I thought there must be others who have wondered about this.
  • crookedpinkycrookedpinky Glasgow✭✭✭✭ Alex Bishop D Hole, Anastasio, Godefroy Maruejouls
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    They put it there just so people would ask that very question in years to come. :))
    always learning
  • Al WatskyAl Watsky New JerseyVirtuoso
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    You see the felt strip mainly on mandolins.
    Felt will appear on either end , nut or tailpiece.
    Mostly tailpiece .
    Its located under the "after length" , on either side, as I said , its a mandolin thing.
    Guess the DiMauro family was familiar with mandolin building?
    The thing that makes it ridiculous is that the strings are so far away from the felt, (if its put under the strings behind the nut) that it will never achieve its purpose which is to mute sympathetic ringing of the after length .
    Guess they liked the way it looked?
  • Chris MartinChris Martin Shellharbour NSW Australia✭✭ Petrarca, Catelluccia, Bucolo, Martino, Hofner, Hoyer, Burns
    Posts: 464
    Thanks Al, your thinking makes some sense of it. I have a few Di Mauros (and a couple of others now sold) and also a Di Mauro mandolin which too has the felt strip behind the nut, and even on that it is almost 1/4 inch below the strings, but yes I can understand if it was a mandolin thing that Di Mauro thought would be a useful addition to guitars as well, but I suspect it is more for the sake of appearance, or tradition, than actually functional. By the way, mine are all by Antoine Di Mauro, does anyone know if Joseph the elder or Joseph Jr. used it too?
  • Al WatskyAl Watsky New JerseyVirtuoso
    Posts: 440
    I have a Joseph guitar .
    No felt.
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