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CS Fender Thumb Rest - Plastic (Seriously)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jawbone, Jan 21, 2013.


  1. Jawbone

    Jawbone

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    I have a CS Fender '62 Jazz NOS and took off the thumb rest - to my surprise it's plastic? Is this the normal material for these items? I know it's a trivial piece and doesn't make the bass but for a 2K bass I expected more.
     
  2. JoeWPgh

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    I think the originals *might* have been made of wood, but they have been plastic since the early 60s, at least
     
  3. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    never seen a stock fender one that wasn't.
     
  4. Smilodon

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    What did you want it to be made from?
     
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  6. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

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    it's not the regular plastic. it's the creme dé la creme of materials used to manufacture these thumb-rests!

    (be sure not to lose it or your bass will lose value):bag:
     
  7. Wwolof

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    Mine's made of bone! Send it back!

    /awful advice
     
  8. Batmensch

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    This. Except I believe they may have switched to plastic in the 70's rather than the 60's, not sure though, Joe may be right. All I know is my '78 P-bass had a plastic rest.
    I'd like to know why anyone would think the thumbrest being made of plastic somehow renders it low quality.
     
  9. 96tbird

    96tbird This Indian movie is really boring man.

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    My Real 1962 thumb rest is flimsy thin hollow plastic. You can twist it flexit squeeze it. Cheap, original. Mass producible.
     
  10. SolarMan

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    Plastic is the perfect material for that part.

    Wood might splinter or wear depending on the players "style" - metal just adds unnecessary weight.

    Plastic - it's durable and has the right "feel" -

    (ps: do you know how much of your $30,000 car is - plastic?)
     
  11. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Supporting Member

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    I want to say the earliest ones were Bakelite, but they've been plastic for a gazillion years.
     
  12. Batmensch

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    The only basses I ever saw that had actual wooden rests when I was starting out were the cheapies.
     
  13. pdusen

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    ...More what? More thumbrestingness? :confused:
     
  14. jbossolo

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    There's some nice wood ones on the bay. Just sayin'... :bag:
     
  15. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

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    My 56 was wood. My 61 is plastic
     
  16. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

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    The OP's thumb just isn't well rested on plastic.
     
  17. msb

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    Switched to plastic and two screws in 57 when Leo re-designed the Pbass .
     
  18. steamthief

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    Quoteworthy!
     
  19. giacomini

    giacomini Supporting Member

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    Yeah, Fender thumbrests are made of plastic and have been for years.

    I like how it looks in a P, but at that 'classic' position it is quite useless :D
     
  20. Cadfael

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    I agree with msb ...

    AND ...

    Plastic may be "cheap crap" today - but it wasn't in 1957!!!

    I worked in a factory which produced slide mounts and so know how machines who form plastic parts look like. This surely was High Tech in the mid 1950s!

    The "new" plastic thumbrests on the P57 and Jazz Bass were much better because of two screw holes, but also the were light weight AND their colour could not go off!

    It lasted until the 1970s that plastic became "natural"! My parents still had a lot of kitchen equipment made of metal or wood which is nowadays made of plastic. And to get plastic equipment was not "cheap crap" but "modern and stylish"!
     
  21. bikeplate

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    It's not a Porsche. Did you think it was going to be carbon fibre? Lol
     

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