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Old 05-21-2006, 09:50 PM   #1
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Does the lead guitarist use a string dampener?

Does the lead guitarist use a string dampener?
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Old 05-22-2006, 02:13 AM   #2
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I saw them play last night and he was using a blue hair tie as a dampener.
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Old 05-23-2006, 02:04 AM   #3
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I saw them play last night and he was using a blue hair tie as a dampener.
I saw them at the Darkroom. 5-20-06. I saw the ponytail holder too, and was glad to see another guitar not afraid to cheat in plain sight.
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Old 05-23-2006, 11:46 AM   #4
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What's a string dampener?
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Old 05-23-2006, 05:54 PM   #5
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mutes the strings so you dont have to so much after sweeping
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Old 05-24-2006, 12:29 AM   #6
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I'm new to string-dampening, and was curious if it still has the same effect on guitars wit Tremelo-locking systems, and how exactly it works (how much tension, what is the effect/main difference, what you can use for homemade ones, etc).
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Old 05-24-2006, 01:23 AM   #7
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String dampeners make you sound cleaner and better than you actually are. It's cheating! But, if you want to use one, just wrap a sock around the fretboard somewhere around 3rd-5th fret. The tension should be tight enough to mute all the strings, but not enough to fret the strings(strings should not ring out). Then play and sound better than ever. This will stop all open strings from ringing though arpeggios and runs.
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Old 05-24-2006, 06:24 AM   #8
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nah, get a hairtie and put it at the zero fret (well, my guitar has one. put it up as high as possible so you dont block any frets at all)
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Old 05-25-2006, 11:50 AM   #9
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I saw them at the Darkroom. 5-20-06. I saw the ponytail holder too, and was glad to see another guitar not afraid to cheat in plain sight.
Same show man. I was more than a little disappointed with the sound but it was a fucking excellent show. did you stay around for Alarum?
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Old 05-25-2006, 08:35 PM   #10
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Nah, I had a long drive back to Jackson and work in the morning.
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Old 05-27-2006, 03:25 AM   #11
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Nah, I had a long drive back to Jackson and work in the morning.
Gotcha. I was really impressed with their set. They did a Death and Atheist cover both of which were extremely impressive.
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I hate when people call something cheating. You're an idiot. This shit was invented for a reason. To make your shit sound better. How is it cheating? It doesn't make your hands move any faster or slower so shut up you fucking idiot.
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Old 05-27-2006, 08:58 AM   #13
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Easy there buddy. Dont get all worked up over that. Quite rude in fact.

I do somewhat, using choice words, agree with you. I'd see it more as a band trademark sound than cheating. Think about this... Jim's up there working his ass off with that guitar work. Dampner or not, he made my jaw drop at the 5-24 show.
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Old 05-27-2006, 10:06 AM   #14
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I hate when people call something cheating. You're an idiot. This shit was invented for a reason. To make your shit sound better. How is it cheating? It doesn't make your hands move any faster or slower so shut up you fucking idiot.
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putting a hair tie, towel, other dampener on the guitar strings is without a shadow of a doubt a form of cheating. cheating effects more than just speed. incase you aren't a guitar player-
putting a dampener allows you to cheat on mainly one thing. sweep picking. at least 50% to making a sweep sound good is swiftly muting the strings after you fret them. the dampener does that for you, so you dont have to be paying such attention to your palm while you play.

that isnt to say jim uses it as a crutch to hide a lack of ability. its a small little helper to allow him to be a little less focused while playing. hes without a doubt a technically able guitarist and i bet he sounds great without a dampener. but he uses one, and its cheating by definition
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Old 05-28-2006, 02:22 AM   #15
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Exactly! It's not cheating, but it still is cheating. And when I say cheating, I don't mean cheating, I mean helping you sound cleaner than you are! Dude still rips though! Michael Angelo Batio uses his gay hair to distract you from his string dampener. hehe

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Old 05-28-2006, 10:48 AM   #16
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Michael Angelo Batio uses his gay hair to distract you from his string dampener. hehe
omg youre totally right, if he uses one i never noticed

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Old 05-28-2006, 01:53 PM   #17
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I hate when people call something cheating. You're an idiot. This shit was invented for a reason. To make your shit sound better. How is it cheating? It doesn't make your hands move any faster or slower so shut up you fucking idiot.
Shut the fuck up.
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Old 05-28-2006, 02:59 PM   #18
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Shut the fuck up.
dont worry,i already dominated him so hard he didnt even come crawling back for more



oddly enough, a guy with the name "kill the scene" has despised icon in his signature
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Old 06-02-2006, 06:40 AM   #19
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Jim's playing is unreal!! hairband or not. to be able to sing and shred like that at the same time, man i was extremely impressed when i saw Arsis live last week... so impressed i bought a t-shirt haha anyway...

here's a good shot of the infamous blue hairband:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/beelzeb...in/pool-arsis/

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Old 06-13-2006, 04:58 AM   #20
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[ViRtUoSoXxX] Jim's playing is unreal!! hairband or not. to be able to sing and shred like that at the same time, man i was extremely impressed.

Oh I'm not trying to talk bad about Jim, I was just wondering if that was a string dampener or a good luck charm or some other crap.

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He`s awesome. I couldnt believe he was singing and sweeping in a diamond for a disease. :dj:
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Part of playing guitar however, is also being able to know exactly what techniques you can use to your advantage to make you more efficient, and overall just have a better sound.


Is putting your rig on a block of wood cheating because it limits buzzing sound which means you can then EQ differently, so you don't have to worry as much about where you pick the string to get a more trebly, or bassy sound?

no, no it isn't.

Besides, personally, I've never used anything to dampen my strings, but I just tried the hairtie thing, and I even had one that was a little tighter (it broke, so I tied it), and its effect was little to none.
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nah, get a hairtie and put it at the zero fret (well, my guitar has one. put it up as high as possible so you dont block any frets at all)

can you please take a photo about what you are talking about, i can't get it right.
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can you please take a photo about what you are talking about, i can't get it right.
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honestly, who gives a fuck. Jim owns.
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thanks for your input
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Old 07-24-2006, 03:27 PM   #28
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do you guys think i could get this to work on an acoustic guitar? should i go with the sock method or the hair tie method? :)
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greg howe also uses a hair tie, and no-one's complaining.
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where can one find a good hair tie? i might feel kinda gay looking around women stores trying to find a hair tie.
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