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Jul 13, 2022 - 6:10:32 AM
4 posts since 7/12/2022

Hey all. I've played a National Polychrome Steel Tricone for a number of years now, mostly in open G, but I've just picked up a Model D Squareneck which seems to be a whole other world. I've managed to answer several of my questions by browsing this site, so a big thanks for this great resource. One thing I'm curious about though. What's with the black padding everyone puts under the strings near the right hand? Is it for dampening the sound? Inquiring minds...

Jul 13, 2022 - 6:43:01 AM
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340 posts since 5/11/2018

Pretty sure that’s mostly just for videos, to make it easier to see what’s going on.

Jul 13, 2022 - 7:37:29 AM



1373 posts since 9/28/2010

Good question, though- Had I not already known I'd be asking the same thing.

Jul 13, 2022 - 8:14:30 AM
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694 posts since 1/18/2012

Are you talking about padding used on instructional vids (so the strings picked are more visible) or the small padding (sometimes loop velcro) under the tailpiece?

Jul 13, 2022 - 10:02:35 AM
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4 posts since 7/12/2022

I was referring to the black padding under the right hand, which is apparently just for visual purposes. Good to know it's not something I need to worry about. Thanks, everyone.

Jul 13, 2022 - 12:28:22 PM
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4240 posts since 7/27/2008

Maybe it's just me,  though I understand the purpose of the black pad to help provide some contrast for teaching videos - for whatever reason I find it to be a bit of a distraction. 

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