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Fender Precision Bridge Cover, in the way?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by slapstick13, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. slapstick13


    Feb 5, 2010
    Im getting a Fender AVRI 62 Precision bass in a few days. I plan on getting a bridge cover installed. My only concern is that it may get in the way while playing with a pick(which I do about 50% of the time). Not getting the pickup cover because I KNOW that will get in the way while playing with a pick as I play right over the pickups usually. Any pick players have issues with the cover getting in the way? I just don't want my hand to hit the cover while playing with a pick, I play either right over the pickups or slightly 'south' of the pickup, closer to the bridge.
  2. A Precision bridge cover? IMO, and IME, no, they don't get in the way of anything, pick OR fingerstyle playing.
  3. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    It gets in way of palm muting if that's a technique you use.
  4. slapstick13


    Feb 5, 2010
    I never palm mute. I either play fingerstlye closer to the neck, or with a pick over the pickups. I just don't know how far off the bass the bridge come sticks out.
  5. I don't, so it doesn't. :smug:
  6. The front edge of the cover extends past the front edge of the bridge (the edge closest the pickup) any where between 1/4" to 1/2 " at most. Plenty of room for the way you describe your playstyle.
    Here's a pic of my Squier VM P with a bridge cover, maybe it will give you a better idea:
    Plenty of room for your playstyle, if you ask me.
  7. DeepHotBass


    Oct 23, 2012
    I just installed the Marcus Miller pickup cover to my 5 string precision. I installed it 1/2" below the pickguard so that I can rest my hand on it when using a pick and not get and unwanted palm muting. It allows me to pick just above the pickups. Looks real cool and don't find it gets in the way at all.
  8. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    I had a Squier CV Precison that had a cover. I quickly found out the benefits of resting your palm while finger plucking. Probably even better for pic players(check out Gene Simmons).
  9. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    What's the intended purpose of those bridge covers?
  10. MikeCanada


    Aug 30, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    Bridges look ugly. Covers look pretty. It's a cosmetic thing.
  11. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I Grow Organic Carrots
    There is a reason why people remove those damn things.
  12. southshoreconor


    Oct 30, 2007
    The Road
    Endorsing Artist: Fender Musical Instruments, SIT strings
    i actually think the cover makes my pick playing more consistent. in dark venues its something i can feel with my right hand. knowing the width of my hand, just brushing against the cover means im playing right where i wanna be. which like the OP is just south of the pickups.
  13. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I Grow Organic Carrots
    The same purpose as the pickup cover ... to restrict string access and to make the bass harder to play.
  14. Agree on the pickup cover but totally disagree on the bridge cover.. Those are just cool old school class from my perspective.. I would have one on both of my Precisions if I could..And maybe I can..

  15. DionClassic


    Feb 15, 2012
    You can toss some foam in the bridge cover to make a mute and have a thumpy sound to it. My 78 had foam in it, not sure if it was stock.
  16. Nah, that's not true. They only get in the way if you let them.
  17. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Foam under the bridge to mute?
    I do that with my palm to have flexibility in terms of degree and have no covers on my 51 style P bass and don't miss them.
    The visual benefits I don't really see but think they look ok whilst the positives of not having them very much beat those of them being installed on a bass-unless there is more to it.
    Why did fender originally put them on?
  18. southshoreconor


    Oct 30, 2007
    The Road
    Endorsing Artist: Fender Musical Instruments, SIT strings
    wasn't it for some additional shielding over the pickup? i heard that but never actually looked into it.
  19. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    Chrome was a way to dress up cheap stuff in the 50's and 60's.
  20. Yes. You can still see in close up pictures of '51 P-basses with the pickup cover off the ground wire that attached to the screw that held the cover.
    It was indeed a failed experiment.
    Also, the way Leo envisioned people playing the bass was with the palm resting on the pickup cover, plucking with the thumb, and holding onto the tug bar located beneath the G string.
    Oh, and yes, a place to place a mute. Palm muting was not a technique known back then (and, as pointed out earlier, not everyone uses it today, either)

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