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Using vaseline to deaden new strings?


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On 20/07/2007 at 13:09, markdavid said:

Sorry if this seems like a dumb question but , I have heard about some bass players rubbing vaseline on there new strings to remove some of that trebly new string sound , I want to try this when I change my strings next , but I was wondering , will this do any harm to my bass especially the wood on the neck and fingerboard , also how much will this kill off the new string sound, I mainly use flatwounds

Just stick with flatwounds …is my advice and use foam at the bridge - I use a dishwashing sponge

 

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9 minutes ago, Geek99 said:

Just stick with flatwounds …is my advice and use foam at the bridge - I use a dishwashing sponge

 

 

I think the OP has probably figured it out out by now or doesn't care any more. 

 

It's a 14 year old post and the poster hasn't been on the forum in over a year. 

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3 hours ago, Newfoundfreedom said:

 

I think the OP has probably figured it out out by now or doesn't care any more. 

 

It's a 14 year old post and the poster hasn't been on the forum in over a year. 

 

Who gives a stinky poo!

 

There are thousands of bass players on this site and 14 year question or not, if this information is useful to someone today then it's a worthwhile answer.

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On 14/11/2021 at 02:35, chris_b said:

Put some foam under the strings to deaden them a little. IMO Vaseline wouldn't deaden the strings but it would mess up anything else you touched!

 

In the 60's Binky McKenzie, a bassist with Alexis Korner's Free At Last, put Vaseline on his fretting fingers, but that was only to speed up his playing. I never saw him but friends who did were very impressed. Unfortunately his career as a bassist was cut short when he killed his parents and brother in law!!

Presumably because they swapped his vaseline (which my phone auto-corrects to "bassline"!) for Vicks..?

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There is a P-bass in the studio with 14 year old strings on it that regularly beats all comers head to head blind audio tests.  I'm pretty sure at least 10% of the sound is the strings - they are so dead but they sound so right! If vaseline could get you there, or chicken grease I'd be willing to give it a go!

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On 14/11/2021 at 09:34, Newfoundfreedom said:

 

I think the OP has probably figured it out out by now or doesn't care any more. 

 

It's a 14 year old post and the poster hasn't been on the forum in over a year. 

If he hasn't changed his strings since he started the thread they should be pretty dead by now.

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