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Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by banjolion on 3/5/2011

Where Purchased: Recent

Overall Comments

Mike's banjo mute fits well on the bridge, goes on in a few seconds without damaging the bridge, and is an effective mute that produces a nice ring with sustain. I like the tone it produces. After using it a while I got to wondering about a few things, maybe Mike will see this and consider some of these ideas (then again, maybe not, since I am not sure these ideas are very practical). Anyway, here are some of my thoughts:
1. The mute produces such a nice sound that I wondered what sounds or tones it would produce if the top brass "bar" was made of a resonant wood like cocobolo (or even walnut).
2. Also, wondered about how other metals would sound (copper, silver, aluminum, etc.), or materials like bone.
3. If the mute top "bar" were made of wood, would it be possible to put two small "hot dot" pickups in it for a quick, simple way to electrify a banjo when needed. Small wires could go back to a clip-on jack on the tailpiece.
Anyway, Mike's banjo mute is a great product just how it is, and of the many mutes that I have tried, it is the best one.

Overall Rating: 10

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