Little Black Thingy On Vintage Fender Basses

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by KingOlav, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. KingOlav


    Oct 1, 2011
    Hey-ho thar, bassers. I searched the forums and didn't see a question like mine, so here it is:

    That little black thing that's on the pickguard below the G string on the '51 P-Bass, '72 Tele Bass, and '62 Jazz Bass. What's it called? And can I get one?

    I saw a demo video on YouTube for a 1972 Tele Bass, and the guy called it a "pull bar". But I don't know if that's the official name for it. Any ideas?
  2. Tis a thumb rest. Theu can be found at any bass parts shop. Just hunt around. Back then, they were called tug bars.
  3. two fingers

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  4. KingOlav


    Oct 1, 2011
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  6. Back in the old days it was not uncommon for a bassist to play with her thumb, so the (usually) index or middle finger would be resting (tugging against) the tug-bar.