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12,000 Year Old Tug Bar

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FL Knifemaker, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. I just had to do it. I love my Surf Green Fender P and wanted to get rid of the cheezy looking stock tug bar. I have plenty of ebony and rosewood but my Green Machine deserves even better :D

    I made my own out of Mammoth Ivory that I had in my scrap bin :bassist:

    I made it slighty reduced in height as the stock one sort of gets in the way when I slap :confused: I really don't know why the screws look crooked in the pics, they are dead center and countersunk perfectly. Anyway..........No pics, no Wooly Mammoth Ivory Tug Bar :bassist:


  2. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    Hey, aren't Wooly Mammoths on the Endangered Species List?
  3. K-Funk


    Sep 24, 2007
    Auburn Hills, MI
    if it's only 1200, I guess that's why the dark ages occurred: the wooly mammoths cut the power!
  4. If it's Wooly Mammoth, shouldn't that be more like 12,000 years old?

    Looks cool! Good idea!
  5. Yes, you would be correct. I made booboo typo :( I just fixed it!!!
  6. I think it's too late for them :( I illegally poached mine in a Mammoth trap :)
  7. Very cool.

    Just curious, where did you get it, and how do you know it's Mammoth?
  8. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    It's guys like you that give extinct animal hunters a bad name! :crying:
  9. Another knifemaker I know bought an entire tusk from a dealer in Alaska. He cuts it into matched pairs for knife handles and pen turning blanks. You can buy it on eBay also, if you know reputable sources. It's not at all uncommon. I might make a nut next but I think I'll just play the bass as is for now :)
  10. Croox


    Sep 16, 2007
    South Side Chicago

    that is friggin cool

  11. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    I imagine that wood would be petrified. Not much resonance left.
  12. There was some trees in Russia that got preserved by the dust of from an asteroid impact a bizillion year ago. I know that wood went for some musical instruments. I have no idea where I saw the article on it :confused:
  13. I saw that in bassplayer mag; Spector mad a bass or two, supposedly out of a 30,000 year old log.
    Where'd the term *tug bar* come from?
  14. wdinc01


    Nov 19, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    I think Spector did something similar to that. I can't find the article, but they made a bass with a top that was like 1,000 year old petrified wood from North Carolina or something.

    Anyway, I bet the tone on that bass sounds absolutely fantastic now!
  15. Shroom


    Dec 12, 2006
    What's the purpose of a pull bar anyways? I've never had a situation when i wanted to take my fingers off the strings to pull my bass up my body
  16. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    I bet the mammoth ivory gives the bass velvet mids and sparkling heavenly highs.
  17. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147

    Think I saw that, too. BTW, tug bar is just another name for finger rest,
    grab bar, or hold. Back in the 50's, Leo Fender consulted a lot with Jazz
    bassist Monk Montgomery (Jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery's brother)
    when he designed/refined the P-bass.

    Monk wanted to play with his thumb. Guess he and Wes had similar
    technique. Having that grab bar was for those who played with the
    thumb--using it like a pick (Brian Wilson comes to mind).
    Just a curio now, for the most part. :ninja:

    Wow, Mammoth Ivory!!!

  18. Great explaination. I NEVER use the darn thing. I can't play with my thumb, it's just a decoration but a period correct decoration :)

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