chrome covers

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by harpguy74, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. harpguy74


    Oct 2, 2011
    quebec canada
    do the chrome covers over the bridge and pickup change anything tome wise. do they have ant advantage or disadvantages. i love the look and was thinking of looking for some for my mim 60s jazz bass.

    THORRR Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Parker, Colorado
    I can only think of two.

    Aesthetics - Some people love the look, and others don't.
    Personally I think they look great on a Jazz Bass yet I don't have them on any of my 8 Jazzes. The reason is that they
    get in my way when I'm playing. I move up and down
    the strings over the pickups to get different tones. The covers
    hamper my access to the strings. But I still love the way they look.

    Function - For some players they use them as thumbrests very effectively. Also the big "F" ashtray on Jazz Basses have
    a black foam mute positioned just in front of the bridge saddles
    and this affects the tone of the bass by muting.
    Again, some like it some don't. I do a lot of palm-muting so I don't need a foam mute. That's just my style, though.

    I've also seen folks use either one or the other but not both
    covers. They also enhance the look of the bass in my opinion. Like everything else, it boils down to personal preference.

    But I guess the answer you're looking for is YES, the chrome
    covers CAN affect tone by the ways listed above.
    Hope this helps,
  3. They look hot on my P, imo.

    I also use it as a thumb rest 90% of the time.


  4. gadela


    Apr 6, 2012
    the only disadvantage i can think of is that if you're trying to play with a pick (tic tac bass), you can't really palm mute notes against the bridge of the bass if the cover isthere. i.e. you would be muting too far up the string.
  5. 247bassist


    Jan 31, 2012
    I don't begrudge anyone who likes them or finds function with each his/her own.

    but I personally dislike both the way they look and the way they feel. they're in my way big time. i have 2 P's & a J and none of them have any covers
  6. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    Bayou City
    I've seen this topic a few times.
    As far as advantage and disadvantage, I see it like this...

    The advantage is mostly aesthetic, bridge cover would hide a foam mute (which is aesthetic), or maybe a place to put your thumb (function)

    The disadvantage is that they take up a lot of space so you are more limited where you can access the strings.

    Some guys may say they have an effect on tone, but I don't see how...
  7. klejst

    klejst Guest

    Oct 5, 2010
    Honestly I think they are just for looks and do offer a level of protection as well. As for altering your basses tone I think they have no effect unless touching the strings, pickups or resting on top of the bridge somehow. And as for playing disadvantages, only one I could think of is it could get in your way sometimes when playing either with fingers or a pick around the pickups.
  8. harpguy74


    Oct 2, 2011
    quebec canada
    i orderd a set for cheap on ebay. i think i might tape them on for a few days to see if they get in the way and that i like them before i start making holes. i love the look of the 62 with chrome covers
  9. mndean


    Mar 20, 2009
    Easiest thing to do is get that 3M double-sided gray foam tape and cut it to fit. I put a set of covers on a Squier P-bass copy, haven't needed to drill holes as yet, and that was well over a year ago. I've removed and reattached them without any problems, but that was on a poly-finished body. Nitro could react with the foam tape on the bridge cover, I don't know.
  10. harpguy74


    Oct 2, 2011
    quebec canada
    i was actually thiunking of trying double sided tape.
  11. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    Bayou City
    I'm going to advise to be careful with that 3M double sided foam tape. I use that stuff a lot at work, and it is hard to get off once it's on. Leaves lots of little bits and residue... IME,, if we are talking about the same tape.
  12. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Assuming non-ferrous covers, by changing the electrodynamic field in the working area of the pickups/strings.

    How much this audibly affects "tone" I do not pretend to know, but the physics are at least sound. I think I saw a piece on this by Bill Lawrence somewhere, but it may have been by someone else. It's been a while.

    A friend who was a music producer at Sony/MGM for twenty-plus years in LA also asserts that foil-shielding pickup cavities does likewise.