Attaching a thumb rest

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

  1. apkbass


    Feb 26, 2012
    I own an Ibanez ATK and I want to attach a fender-style thumb rest to give me more versatility when playing finger style (I don't like being crammed down near the bridge, and thats where the only good thumb rest on this bass is). I bought the thumb rest from fender and it comes with an installment template for the p bass and jazz bass. Is there anyone familiar with the ATK and if so, could you tell me the optimum place to put the thumb rest?
  2. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    Hey, did you order the holes? Heh Heh, Any way, I guess just ahead of the pickup to get that full sound, but as you know the pick guard gets in the way on the ATKso I would say on the wood just above the steel plate or on the PG itself. Get some double sided tape and use tiny pieces to attach the tugbar in both spots and see where you like it. The nice thing is, optimum is what is optimum for you.
  3. apkbass


    Feb 26, 2012
    Well, I am going for a distance about equivalent to the location of the neck pickup on a jazz bass. But idk if its better to put it parallel to the strings or slightly angled. I guess its just a matter of personal taste
  4. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
  5. Not trying to hijack the post, but I nominate this as funniest post of the day. Nice!
  6. Learn to play without a thumb rest, probably about 80% of the players don't use them.
  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    First, learn to play without.

    Second, if you want one, get it and mount it with double-sided foam tape. Experiment with different placements. The "right" spot is simply the best spot for YOU. But once you've screwed it down, there are holes - so take your time and get it right.
  8. temmrich


    Jan 29, 2012
    Columbus, Ohio
    What material is your thumb rest made from? I prefer plastic or wood because the optimal position is often at a point that is partially on the pickguard and partially against the body. Plastic or wood thumbrests can be "notched" on one end to allow for the step up from the body to the pickguard. The only problem is that once the rest is notched, it's no easy task to un-notch it if you find you really don't like its position. But even if you decide to do the step up thumb rest, make sure you test it for a while with double stick tape, as so many have previously said, it really does help to find that perfect sweet spot.
  9. I like Pilgrim's idea of the double sided tape.
  10. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    If you make the thumb rest a little wider at the base, like 1/2" or even 3/4" wide, the double sided tape may be all you need. No need to drill holes and add screws. With enough surface area, good double sided tape is quite strong.

    I don't have thumb bars on any of my current basses, but when I have in the past, I made them from woods like ebony or cocobolo, filed to shape, sanded, and polished up to a gloss. I made them fairly long and mounted them parallel to the strings. The thumb side can be flat or rounded or whatever you like.
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  11. Fatboy 2015

    Fatboy 2015

    Mar 13, 2015
    Ok im still new to bass, im a gui**** newly reformed, lol. any way i found myself desiring a thumbrest for my squire pj, but couldnt locate anything that seamed to NOT, require modification. so, i went to lowes and bought a pice of 1/2" square popler and a small bag of 3/4 " long #4 oval head screws, all for under $4.00, the popler stock is 3 ft long so i have a lifetime supply of thumbrest stock. now i own a dremmel so it simplified things, but after cutting sanding to shape and coating in fretbord oil, i simple removed the appropriate stock 1/2" pick guard screw and mountex my homemade thumbrest with the longer screw, and squireled away the orrigional screw should I ever wish to return things to orrigional..

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