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Just got around to taking a couple of pics of how I mute my guitar for late night practice. The rolled cloth is just a soft cleaning cloth for glasses. The foam is soft and I cut a few grooves in. Both are easy and both give enough sound to figure out what your're doing. Believe it or not, the cloth does a better muting job. The advantage of this system is being able to pick a performance level, giving you a realistic feedback to your picking technique.
I use this when I'm doing some repetitive timing exercises at the beginning of my woodshedding. I remove the mute and enjoy the acoustic sound when I'm doing something not so repetitive, though I might be playing softer, working through some fingerings, etc.
I still use the Yamaha Silent guitar, but I think muting my actual instrument could be a better solution overall because I'm practicing on my actual performance instrument.
Just when I thought there was no more to say about this topic, I rolled up a couple of tissues and slipped the tissue tube under the strings, et voila: substantially muted sound, but not enough to change the pitch of the string or otherwise affect playability. Fast, easy, cheap.
Looks great too! Really matches the piece of toilet paper stuck to your shoe after returning from the restrooms.
Hey, if there is any more pandemic buying of TP, now you know you have an emergency stash!
It appears after being in lockdown for the past year and a half you have perfected something that will make the world a better place.