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Mr. T

 

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Stuffed guitar? 

Hello people,

Guitar stuff is easy to find. But finding info about stuffing a guitar is a bit harder.

Only reason for my question is the sad wish of killing the volume.

I know that sponges or toilet paper (rolled up) can take away some string vibration, but it's not enough (I think).

I am not really interested in sociological, or psychological solutions.


Tips for bodyless guitars are welcome. But it must be possible to golpe.
So the main question is.

Can I put stuff in my guitar?
Filling it up with cotton sheets must do exactly what I want (I think).

But sheets are heavy and will probably give too much pressure from out the inside. The guitar is not build for that.
Perhaps cottonwool?



While not being used, stuffing my guitar must be the cheapest option. And except for weight and balance it must still has some flamenco/classical feel.


T.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 27 2018 19:07:55
 
Goldwinghai

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RE: Stuffed guitar? (in reply to Mr. T

I wonder what effect a balloon of different sizes and pressure would have on the sound and volume of the guitar? It is cheap and can be instantly inflated and removed from the guitar. If the balloon is positioned at the sound hole, volume could be reduced. I’m curious about this myself.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 29 2018 11:30:16
 
Ricardo

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RE: Stuffed guitar? (in reply to Mr. T

You can’t kill the sound anymore than with sponge at the bridge under the strings. It’s totally dead. If you need more that THAT, time to move. Are you allowed to even speak wherever you are st? Good grief.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 29 2018 15:21:20
 
Mr. T

 

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RE: Stuffed guitar? (in reply to Goldwinghai

quote:

Goldwinghai: "I wonder what effect a balloon of different sizes and pressure would have on the sound and volume of the guitar? It is cheap and can be instantly inflated and removed from the guitar. If the balloon is positioned at the sound hole, volume could be reduced. I’m curious about this myself."

Good thinking! Layers of air must be good. Many tiny balloons would work better than one big balloon I think. An acoustic guitar mute (which I already have) would then come handy for keeping the balloons inside.
Easy and cheap. Thanks!


quote:

Ricardo: "You can’t kill the sound anymore than with sponge at the bridge under the strings. It’s totally dead. If you need more that THAT, time to move. Are you allowed to even speak wherever you are st? Good grief."

Well I would not call my guitar dead, with a sponge. It almost sounds great.
And it's not just the strings I am hearing.
Moving is indeed a wish for the near future. But it will take a few days more.
I would not talk too loud to myself knowing there are people sleeping in a room next to me.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 29 2018 17:29:44
 
Ricardo

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RE: Stuffed guitar? (in reply to Mr. T

quote:

Well I would not call my guitar dead, with a sponge. It almost sounds great.


Then maybe you are not using correctly. Try sliding it towards the sound hole an inch. If your concern is golpe noise, then tape some cloth over the strike zone. Putting stuff inside the guitar is ridiculous

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 29 2018 19:14:11
 
Mr. T

 

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RE: Stuffed guitar? (in reply to Mr. T

ok Ricardo, thanks for the tips.
Indeed golpe is the most important thing.
I was thinking about a rubber mat, but cloth will be more comfy for the fingers perhaps.

Experimenting with sponges seems like a smart thing to do.

Stuff inside the guitar is not as it's supposed to be. But I would not call it ridiculous.
There must be people buying a silent guitar for silent playing (but probably mostly with a headphone).

There are as you know loots of guitars packed with stuff (blocks) inside the guitar in the factory.
For example the 335 ish.

And even then there will stil be people who put stuff in the guitar through the soundhole(s).
But this is more an electric thing.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 29 2018 19:53:35
 
Njål Bendixen

 

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RE: Stuffed guitar? (in reply to Mr. T

I once tied to make a practise guitar. I bought a £25 guitar from a charity shop. I filled it with builder's foam. The kind of foam they use when they can't make things like door frames fit to the wall.

Funny thing is it had no effect!!! The guitar was as loud as before!!!

I had practically turned the guitar into a solid body. I then cut out as much as possible so that it was just a frame and a central section under the strings. This killed the sound proper!!!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 1 2018 23:07:12
 
julianev

 

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RE: Stuffed guitar? (in reply to Njål Bendixen

Yep I tried to stuff a cheap Crafter classical guitar with a lot of sheets to make a practice guitar. It ended up super heavy and only reduced the volume by maybe 25%, so was not worth it in my experience...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 8 2018 17:34:30
 
Marchito

 

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RE: Stuffed guitar? (in reply to Ricardo

I am using this: https://www.stringsbymail.com/rosette-tremolo-mute-practice-tool-5806.html

It works better than a sponge and it’s quite inexpensive..
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 8 2018 22:15:46
 
mrstwinkle

 

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RE: Stuffed guitar? (in reply to Mr. T

People who build subwoofers use cotton wool and loft insulation to make the cabinets sound bigger. So your efforts may result in a boomer instrument.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 9 2018 14:09:01
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