Fender, and cheap plastic thumb rests...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gbass75, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. I think the plastic thumb rests are totally ridiculous... especially if you're paying more than $1000 for the bass.

    I always replace mine with either an ebony or rosewood one.

    Did Fender always make these out of plastic? Fender historians? ...got any answers for us?
  2. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    Is it more ridiculous (cheap-ass) than Rickenbacker deleting their cool checkerboard body binding, back in the day?
  3. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    I've played some late 60's Fenders and they were always plastic. They may have used something else earlier than that, but I believe all of the mid to late 60's and 70's basses were all plastic.
  4. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    Burlington, Vt.
    My '63 Jazz thumb rest is made of what appears to be the same plastic as newer ones.
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  6. bass32


    Jan 30, 2012
    My '75 p-bass still has the original plastic thumbrest and it's still in good shape. So not a problem for me.

  7. mexMan


    Nov 7, 2013
    What keeps me awake at night is, are Fender Jazz Basses actually designed for slapping the crap out of them? I feel their strings too close from each other to actually have enough space for all the slapping and string pulling, I'm no expert because I have never had a Fender bass for more than a few hours, that's why I ask.
  8. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.

    The Jazz Bass was released a number of years before slapping was ever heard from electric bassists. Safe to say that the slap technique was not a design concern for the Jazz Bass.
  9. mexMan


    Nov 7, 2013


    JK, so are plastic thumbrests for lazy ass players than can´t keep their hands in a specific position? I kid too much.
  10. danomite64

    danomite64 Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    Early 50's P-Basses had wood finger rests, with one screw.