#1
I have been researching (google-ing) into the rockabilly acoustic guitarists of yester-year and read somewhere that Johnny Cash used to "paper deaden" his acoustic guitar strings to get that boom-chica-boom sound. Possibly Elvis used this technique in his early years as well.

Now 2 hours of searching and I couldn't find any how-to guides for this, maybe my search terms are wrong but meh! I thought i'd ask the UG community for advice, as it will be greatly appreciated!

p.s. I know they weren't really guitarists, but they did play them quite well
#4
Taken from the Potomac Guitar Trio Website;

"Place a strip of paper six inches in length and half an inch in width through the strings as follows,

over the the high E, under the B, over the G and D, under the A, and over the low E string."

If it deadens it to much than decrease the width of the paper.


I have never tried it so I can't say as to how well it works.
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#5
They're called "mutes" and they do just that, mute down the volume of the string to make it more mellow, and in some cases more percussive. Violins/fiddles have them, as do some mandolins. Acoustics are no different. Felt wads are usually what are used and they can be trimmed to size for the desired effect.
#6
Actually, the purpose of the paper strip was not so much to deaden the sound but to create a primitive "fuzz" effect.
Works pretty well, experiment a little.
#7
I've also heard that putting a rattlesnake rattle inside an acoustic guitar gives it a buzzing sound when played, but I haven't been able to keep the snake inside long enough to find out.
#8
Use tape
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#9
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I've also heard that putting a rattlesnake rattle inside an acoustic guitar gives it a buzzing sound when played, but I haven't been able to keep the snake inside long enough to find out.



The rattlers stay in longer if you keep a few handfuls of mice in the guitar.
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#10
Yeah, to me it sounds more like a fuzzy tone than just deadening the strings. I'd try tape, like 91RG350 said.
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#11
Mice is a good idea too
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