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It looks like a string mute of the kind made by e.g. http://www.gruvgear.com/fretwraps. It would be used to mute the string somewhat to reduce sustain and the number of higher overtones. In some circumstances you can mute easily enough without needing such an accessory, e.g. by using right or left hand muting, but with some techniques and for some pieces ...


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Although I'm not sure I can identify the mystery set, I have found Fender's stainless-steel flatwounds to have the greatest "mwah" factor. These particular strings (either their medium or light flatwound stainless) are the only kind I like on my fretless Jazz. In addition, one thing you can do to enhance the warmth is to use a dampener either just above or ...


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I'm turning my comment into an answer: Old roundwounds are most likely the sound you are looking for. Have fun aging them!


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The bassist in your photo is using a technique popularized by jazz bassist Victor Wooten about 25 years ago. (I was a friend of his back in the day.) Wooten uses one or more of an ordinary and cheap girl's hair-tie: an elastic and yarn hair-band, or "scrunchie", of the kind that can be found for 50 cents in any drug store or department store. He got the idea ...


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It's a mute. What the other answers appear to be missing that in the position in the picture, the mute is off. If you want it to have a significant effect, you have to pull it down to a position on or beyond the nut. As long as it is above, its effect should be negligible. So the reason you mostly see it above the nut is that it is sitting dormant there ...


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After gathering more information about your bass through comments I am going to offer some thoughts. It is clear from the description of the problem that for whatever reason, you are getting fret buzz. Fret buzz most commonly results from the vibrating string contacting another fret. Most often this is because the string is too close to the fret it is ...


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Often to avoid fret buzz you need a little bit of relief in the neck, loosening the truss rod in the neck until it curves forward just a little. Whether you need to do this, and how much, depends on other things, especially how low you have your bridge saddles. The higher the saddles, the less relief you need. On a normal (non-bass) guitar, unless the fret ...


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You're mostly right that if the sound isn't coming out of the amp it doesn't matter as much. But excessive fret buzz is indicative either of poor technique, or an instrument in need of adjustment. Make sure you're fretting as close to the fret as possible, and plucking the string as nearly to perpendicular as possible (unless of course you're ...


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I have a few product suggestions. Some are quite unexpected but I have found them effective! Talcum/magnesium/baby powder works fine to keep my hands dry but I naturally have very dry skin so sometimes it's too much and makes my hands feel uncomfortable. It's cheap so you can always try this first. It can used for other body parts as well (against chafing ...



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