In addition to "Slapping" and "Tapping", the style of playing with muted strings as used by players like James Jamerson, Rocco Prestia, Anthony Jackson, has become popular again. The simplest way to imitate the sound and playing style of these players is by muting the strings with the palm of your hand and picking the strings with your thumb.The disadvantage of using this technique is that it limits your playing speed and the freedom to pick the strings in different positions towards the neck.
Using a piece of rubber foam to mute the strings could solve this problem, but it is not really handy fumbling it under the strings between different songs. For this reason some manufacturers of basses were providing in a muting system on their bridges. The adjustability and results were not always satisfactory, so in the end they were hardly used.
In the summer of 1993 in the Netherland, luthier Ellio Martina designed a new muting device for bass guitars in cooperation with Edwin van Huik from the Bass Connection. The original idea was to design a muting device with excellent muting capabilities, to be engaged quickly and easy to install on almost all known models of basses being around.
Ellio with his background as mechanical engineer developed the design, while Edwin, being a skillfull bass player, did the testing for improvements.
The Bassmute presented here, is the final result of our efforts. Within the physical limitations of a minimum height between the basses' body and the strings plus enough room between the rear pickup and the bridge to install, we believe we succeeded.
Ellio Martina Guitars will be present with The BassMute at|
the London Bass Guitar Show on 4-5 March 2017
Sharing the stand with Vanderkley Amplification showing
their great basses, speaker cabinets and amplifiers.
The perfect combination for the ultimate bass sound!
Come and see us at booth D4.
For more info and tickets click HERE.