The palm mute style of guitar has always intrigued me. From the age of 7, I started using the technique on guitar to play rock/metal riffs, but it was really using the technique on bass later as a teenager that I learned how to groove with it (aka, my humble attempt trying to emulate Carol Kaye and James Jamerson).
So, when the time came for me to contribute more guitar playing to MUTEMATH on our third album ODD SOUL, I wanted to do something unique for the band's guitar sound and put my own spin on this technique on guitar. This palm mute style naturally fit. My bass playing not only influenced this sound but I was also listening to lots of Afrobeat, Highlife, and Bachata music.
Now, this style lends itself to certain types of guitars. During recording ODD SOUL, I used a 70s Tele Deluxe mostly for this sound, but on one occasion, I had the chance to use a Silvertone 1448 as well. When I heard that guitar, I knew I had to get my own 1448. Finally, when I bought my own vintage Silvertone 1448 guitar (the famous amp-in-case model), it needed some work but this guitar I purchased in particular had a extremely plucky and poppy tone that made the style sing a bit more. On MUTEMATH's fourth album VITALS, the 1448 and later model the 1457 (which Darren owned) were almost exclusively used for this palm mute vibe.
The SF'1448 PALM MUTE GUITARS library is all about getting these stylistic grooves into your hands to create and produce your own music with. I used two amps on this library: a ROLAND JC-40 and a VOX AC-30. And, I used a large assortment of pedals and echoes. But overall, this vibe is a clean, plucky tone with reverb. I hope you enjoy and are inspired by it. Happy music making!