Creative thumbrest solutions?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by RoyBatty_1984, Jun 8, 2020.

  1. RoyBatty_1984


    Jun 8, 2020
    Hey guys, anybody got a creative solution for a thumbrest without buying a licensed part? Just bought a Stingray 5 and I'm used to playing between the neck pickup and the neck in my other basses, but with the MM pickup so close to the bridge, I feel I need an anchor (I use the B string a lot, so can't use that most of the time).
    With the whole Covid-19 situation, music stores are closed in my city and ordering stuff is also a hassle... any creative solutions from you lads?

  2. sears

    sears Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2005
    ec, md
    I use a zero mod Stingray thumb rest.
    RoyBatty_1984 and Littlewing6283 like this.
  3. Littlewing6283

    Littlewing6283 Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2019
    Southern California
    I use zero mod on my sting ray as well. always considered a tug bar for my P just for pure looks lol
  4. vid1900


    Dec 12, 2019
    I was singing for a band, and the bass player had a rib bone as his bar.

    Very Chainsaw Massacre vibe to it.
    JRA and RoyBatty_1984 like this.
  5. RoyBatty_1984


    Jun 8, 2020
    That is... so frickin cool.
    vid1900 likes this.
  6. Lizooki


    Feb 24, 2008
    I have this on my Peavey Patriot.


    That's a piece of 1/4" wooden dowel rod from a big box hardware store.
    Cut to length, rounded the corners and sanded it down.
    Shot it with some rattle can white and it's mounted with double-backed sticky foam tape made by Scotch.
    It's been there so long I can't remember how long!
    Probably cost less than 10 bucks when I done it.
  7. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    might be time to work on that floating thumb while you work out an appropriate anchor. win/win. good luck 'resting' your thumb! :thumbsup:
    RoyBatty_1984 likes this.
  8. RoyBatty_1984


    Jun 8, 2020
    @Lizooki, looks like a fine alternative... just what I meant by creative.

    @JRA I've been tryin to implement floating thumb per se (not as movable anchor, as I've seen it described) and it works fine on the E to G strings, but feels weird when playing the B, somehow... I guess it's just a matter of getting used to it. Will keep at it until I settle the thumbrest deal.

    Cheers, guys!
    JRA likes this.
  9. Basehead

    Basehead Now with even more synthy goodness... Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    New York NY
    One of the BEST ideas I picked up here at Talkbass:
    Ibanez SRH505F_closeup.jpg

    Removeable, easily replaceable, cheap, won't mess with your finish (not sure about Nitro), doesn't require any modifications, and did I mention cheap? I go between using 3 - 5 of these and check periodically to make sure they're not affecting the far so good. Originally, I did this to my EB Sterling since that desperately needed a thumbrest and it worked out great.
    GeddyVanHalen and RoyBatty_1984 like this.
  10. RoyBatty_1984


    Jun 8, 2020
    Great! this would go on the pickguard, so no risk to the finish and looks like a really easy install... what are this called? (not a native english speaker, btw)
  11. Basehead

    Basehead Now with even more synthy goodness... Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    New York NY
  12. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Here's a custom thumb bar that I made for a customer, per his request. It's very simple, shaped from a piece of ebony, polished, and held in place with double-sided tape. It can be moved or removed without harm to the pickguard. I also added the notch so that the pickguard screw can be removed without having to pull up the thumb bar.

    I like this kind of thumb bar. Straight, parallel to the strings, and rounded on the working side. Use your imagination, make up what you want. Find what's comfortable for you.


    dwizum and RoyBatty_1984 like this.