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Harmonic Overtone Suppressors / Dampers for Mandolin strings


Bass String Wrap Spacers

Improves Sound and Intonation

These 4 grommets supplied are made of soft plastic/rubber and are placed in between each set of strings as shown on the picture to illustrate (between the tailpiece and the bridge). They dampen the strings vibrations that cause audible harmonic overtones while playing.

Mandolins suffer from some degree of "adverse" or "sympathetic" vibration. This is where the length of strings between the bridge and the tailpiece vibrates when the main area of the strings is played. Sometimes this can cause clear audible tones in conflict with the music being played. This sympathetic resonance can theoretically lessen the sustain of the notes played. Fitting the harmonic suppressors will deal with this issue by dampening these unnecessary overtones.

These grommets will be posted immediately by 2nd Class Post  -  post cost currently at £0.83 and the package is a fraction too big to use normal letter post by Post Office. Please note that this does not always guarantee delivery within 3 working days as recent experience of UK post has led to one delivery taking longer.

Customers say:

"Excellent product, excellent service. Thanks!"

"Simple device which works and is easily fitted"

"Brilliant idea - does the job"

2 Solid Brass Bass String Spacers for 3rd & 4th Strings - per pack – Not necessary for through the body stringing.

Often the 'string wrap' on the bass strings used on the Precision and Jazz Bass type guitar find they are sat on the top of the saddle. This is especially true when string companies use too much silk. Assuming that the saddle is in the correct place for the intonation and the 'wrap' is over the saddle, it will causes the string to ring/vibrate badly. One choice is to move the saddle forwards sharpening all the notes, which will ruin the intonation. The better choice is to move the 'string wrap' further back. Generally, only the 3rd and 4th strings are affected.

These string spacers are made of solid brass for the 3rd and 4th strings. They are threaded onto the string before it is fitted to the bridge. This will increase the string length by a mere 4mm approx but more importantly,  it will move the string wrap further away from the saddle top allowing for a clearer note.

If you play with a high action or heavier strings the saddles will need to go backwards to correct the intonation (assuming it was correct at manufacture) and this means that the string wrap will most likely sit on top of the saddles.

Dimensions are:

Diameter 8mm approx and thickness 4mm ( +/- 0.3mm)   and will accommodate a 150 string thickness but bear in mind that the wrap increases the string size - so will be ok up to 120 gauge

Acorn Domed Nut for

use on 335 Type Archtops

Les Paul and 335 spacers

Spacers for Tail Piece

Ashworth Transducer - for Wide Slot

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