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What is this on my bass and can I remove it?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HeXetic, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. HeXetic


    Jan 7, 2008
    I'm referring to the piece of metal going from the bridge to the bridge pickup. This is a '92 Fender Jazz Bazz, Japanese made. Someone told me it's to earth the pickups but is that really what it is?

  2. seang15

    seang15 Supporting Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cary NC
    Can't see the pic, but what you describe is a ground for the bridge. If you remove, you have to ground the bridge by soldering a wire from a pot to the bridge.

    And why remove? Those things are killer looking.
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  4. Not familiar with the model, but it might be a shortcut to the bridge ground instead of drilling a hole to the cavity.

    If you want to get rid of it you'll have to drill a hole under the bridge that leads to the cavity under the pickguard.
  5. HeXetic


    Jan 7, 2008
    Ah I see so it is there as a ground for the bridge.

    I don't really want to remove it and by the sound of it it's a hassle just for an aesthetic change. I was just curious as to what it's for. I've never seen this sort of thing on a bass before.
  6. Yes, it's an early 60's style ground for the bridge. Later Fender soldered a piece of wire between the pots and the jack output. Both work equally fine. It's brass, IIRC.

    Here's a 1964 Jazz for comparison:
  7. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    there you go.

    they originally came that way because all of that was hidden under the big metal cover, and nobody would ever remove those, right?
  8. That's a gorgeous J bass in the pic above. Lotta history there.
  9. Unfortunately, not mine. Got it from my good friend Google. Mine has some history on it as well, but doesn't have the brass strip so it doesn't count in this thread ;)
  10. Arial Bender

    Arial Bender

    Oct 28, 2012
    Largo Fla.
    Black Sharpies work wonders.
  11. Josh Thatguy

    Josh Thatguy Registered abUser Supporting Member

    +1 .
    (Great minds think alike, and ours do too)
  12. HeXetic


    Jan 7, 2008
    Haha, I can't do that. Since I know it's a piece of vintage Fender, I can't cover it up.
  13. '92 is hardly vintage, is it? ;) If you don't like it, change it. All that whining about keeping stuff original...
  14. HeXetic


    Jan 7, 2008
    Yeah you're right, it's not exactly vintage, not yet.

    The thing is I really don't mind having it there. I have a Fender J Bass, it works great and life is good. No complaining from me :)
  15. Exactly! Those MIJ basses are amazing :)
  16. Stupid question: what happens if the bridge/strings aren't grounded? I've held tuner speakers (the kind that emit a tone) up to my pickups before and the sound came through the amp loud and clear, and those aren't grounded.
  17. Ah, that makes sense.
  18. WoodyG3

    WoodyG3 Supporting Member

    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but the ground to the jack output has to be there on any bass or you'd never get a signal. As far as I know, the early bridge ground scheme was discontinued only when Fender started drilling a hole from under the bridge to the control cavity.

    If the bridge isn't grounded, you'll get more hum/noise, especially where there is interference like neon signs, a poorly grounded electrical outlet, a CRT monitor, etc.
  19. Yup, you're right, my mistake :)
  20. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010

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