This mute with flat wounds is the perfect combination!
I purchased this mute because I wanted to give it a try, even though it was way too expensive. I like the sound it produces on my P bass. Its effect is uniform across the strings, and for all notes on each string. For that I give it 5 stars.
The directions encourage you to experiment with it to get the sound you want, but they offer no hints. The biggest missing hint is that the cuts in the foam are tapered from front to back. There is a gap on one side, and no gap at all on the other side. So the foam squeezes the strings tighter on one side than on the other. My take is that I should turn the mute so it squeezes the strings up close to the bridge, and relaxes its grip further away from the bridge. That would lessen any intonation effects. But they don't tell us about that feature. For that they get 3 stars.
Finally, the muting isn't adjustable (unless there is another missing usage hint, see above). Maybe a thinner piece of foam would give certain people exactly what they want. After spending $40 no one is likely to do surgery hoping to make it sound better to them. Or they could offer it in different widths and/or consistencies, and let the customers watch a youtube to hear the differences. But it is what it is, so that they get 4 stars.
Great tool for that muted sound. Thank you Nordstrand!!!!!
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