|The overall sound of the instrument is set by the
bridge. A thin, hard bridge gives you a bright sound. A thick, soft bridge will
produce a mellow sound.
In the other end of the strings the sound should be
determined by the fingers. Since most notes are fretted by the fingers and the
fretted sound is difficult to alter, the fretted sound should determine the sound produced
by the nut and by the capo.
The nut determines the sound of the open strings. Of
the three ways of stopping the strings in this end, the tone produced by the nut is the
easiest to controll by choise of material. As with the bridge, hard materials gives a
brighter tone and soft materials gives a more mellow tone. Often the nut is too hard,
giving a bright tone with lots of sustain that differs from the more mellow sound produced
by the fingers. If this is the case - try a softer nut.
The capo should cause no problem. The soft pad
produces a tone similar to the fingertips. A good capo used in the right way, will not
alter the tone on a balanced instrument.