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Old 01-24-2020, 03:00 PM
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I'm enjoying my new-to-me archtop, but it's LOUD. Too loud, sometimes. How can I dampen the volume?
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Old 01-24-2020, 04:08 PM
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Adjust your right-hand technique and/or use a thinner/softer pick - try a Dunlop Nylon .60 to start and work up/down from there...
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Old 01-24-2020, 05:05 PM
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Adjust your right-hand technique and/or use a thinner/softer pick - try a Dunlop Nylon .60 to start and work up/down from there...
Thanks, I'm asking whether there's something I can do to the guitar.
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Old 01-24-2020, 05:51 PM
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Thanks, I'm asking whether there's something I can do to the guitar.
IMO you're asking the wrong question. This is what learning technique and dynamics is all about.

If you insist its the guitar's fault its too loud and not your own, then I also suggest a thin wimpy pick, lighter gage strings, set the action as low as possible, use a mute (clip clothespins on the bridge between strings), a cloth stuffed under the strings just behind the bridge, shoot expanding foam into the body (please don't really do this last one).
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Old 01-24-2020, 06:00 PM
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IMO you're asking the wrong question. This is what learning technique and dynamics is all about.

If you insist its the guitar's fault its too loud and not your own, then I also suggest a thin wimpy pick, lighter gage strings, set the action as low as possible, use a mute (clip clothespins on the bridge between strings), a cloth stuffed under the strings just behind the bridge, shoot expanding foam into the body (please don't really do this last one).
I asked exactly the question I wanted answered. Thanks for the suggestions. I like the idea of a cloth behind the bridge, will definitely investigate that.
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Old 01-25-2020, 11:58 AM
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Try this - put a small soft hair tie over the head stock and park it behind the nut. Pull it forward over the nut into 1st fret territory and the open or unfretted strings will be muted keeping the focus on the fretted notes - the overall volume of the guitar is reduced since the number of strings is cut back by muting of the hair tie.

folks who use this are not trying to reduce the volume but it has that effect especially on an unplugged or acoustic guitar
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Old 01-25-2020, 02:57 PM
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I favor the fill it up with spray foam idea. Also the don't play it so loud idea. Seriously. If it's too loud, get a solid body electric. There's no way to make a guitar quieter without screwing up the tone, or hurting it, except how you play it. Nice guitar, BTW. I really like the early Silvertones, I have one myself.

One idea that you could try that wouldn't hurt the guitar but would screw up the tone (reversibly) would be to put a piece of closed cell foam insulation under the bridge. Or maybe try filling it up with those foam packing peanuts so there is not much air inside, those you can always vacuum out.
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Old 01-26-2020, 12:30 PM
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The piece of cloth behind the bridge trick is good. Appreciable reduction of volume, no impact on tone that I can hear.
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Old 01-27-2020, 06:45 AM
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Maybe also consider a bridge with 2 distinct feet (less surface area in contact with soundboard) as opposed to the continuous one you have?
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Old 01-28-2020, 12:14 PM
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Lighter strings (or a different material, maybe flatwounds?), lower action are the physical things you can do to the guitar.

A thinner pick is the physical thing you can use to get less volume.

Adjusting your technique is the answer you don't want to hear, but it's the best answer.

rags behind bridges and hair scrunchies will tame harmonics and pinging from the strings behind the bridge, but they won't do much about volume.

If you really want to deaden the body, use upholstery packing. Pat Martino did this for years to reduce feedback on his archtop when plugged in. Stuffed like 10 lbs of it inside his Johnny Smith. It's really for taming feedback plugged in, but it'll make your guitar sound deader than a doornail.
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