Was not sure whether this topic belonged in the Gear or Technique category.
My main genre is Blues/Motown and songs such as Sittin on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding.
I have seen some on the forum, such as @Lanny, mention bridge foam to achieve what I would call a more mellow tone/reduced sustain/sting damping, or whatever you would like to call it and I have always used bridge foam for this type of music myself but I see that a lot of people are talking and advocating neck wraps on the internet.
Can someone tell me if there is a difference between using foam under the strings at the bridge and using a neck wrap and what the advantages and disadvantages of each are?
Other than the fact that neck wraps are ridiculously priced for what they are
A neck or fret wrap will only dampen open strings and I think harmonics, and foam at the opposite end (the bridge) will dampen everything. So it would depend what you were trying to achieve. I say stick to foam for your style if you like the sound you are getting. Someone with more experience may chime in, but this is the basic gist of it I think
I agree though they are super expensive, I have just used my daughters scrunchy before, worked well and they are like $2.
I use foam like Bill @Lanny on some of my recordings as does @terb.
I haven’t used the neck wrap but have seen a few posting on the forum using them.
The bridge foam IMO gives a nice mellow tone to the bass and the genre you like suits it well as does the laid back stuff I play.
I’m sure someone on the forum will be able to provide feedback
Probably why I never thought of trying anything at the nut when playing Blues.
Some things can be done so inexpensively to change the tone and get the sound and feel you want.
I do not know why people would want to spend good money on simple things they can do themselves. Basic setup comes to mind.
My foam was from an old garden swing
I did cut slots in it so it can just be dropped over the strings because I was afraid of changing the tuning by just pushing it under the strings. Tried both ways and did not notice any difference really so I just stuck with the drop on version.
In that article I noticed she does say to use foam if playing with fingers
“You use a doubled up piece of felt on top of the strings when you play only with a pick. If you play with fingers (or even with fingers sometime and then pick sometime), then get a piece of foam about the same width, but fit underneath the strings,…”