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Ikea thumbrest

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by basadam, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. basadam


    Nov 29, 2005
    I decided to put a thumbrest on my Sterling and ended using the small piece of wood that comes with almost all Ikea packages. I filed the wood piece slightly to have flat surface and simply glued on the pickguard.
    ikea1. ikea2.
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  2. eastcoasteddie


    Mar 24, 2006
    It’s a dowel. I hope your furniture doesn’t collapse because one is glued to your bass...
  3. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Banned

    May 26, 2010
    Was just going to say the same thing! Somewhere in his house a shelving unit is about to topple.

    Sorry, but I think it looks pretty bad. You could easily find a black piece of plastic, lucite or whatever and file it to your desired shape and it would look a lot better.

    Looks like your bass has a booger or some sort of multi-vitamin stuck to it.
  4. Geri O

    Geri O Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    Ehh, it's okay, if not different.

    PM me yer address, I'll send you a black plastic thumb rest. A music store closed and I bought a box of strings from them. Down in the bottom of the box was a half-dozen of those thumb rests.
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  5. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    I’ve smashed so many of those delicate dowels in my lifetime of assembling IKEA furniture— :beaver:
  6. In the Ikea catalogue it's called the fluugergerbil thumb rest.
  7. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    los angeles
    This gives me an idea. LEGO thumbrest.
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  8. basadam


    Nov 29, 2005
    Relax. It's a leftover. All my Ikea assemblies stand strong to this date. :thumbsup: :cool: :hyper:

    Thank you sir. I couldn't remember the word. None-native English poster here.

    You sir, made my day!

    Thanks for the offer. I have a few of those but they stand too tall against the strings. I was contemplating filing one down then I came across the dowel. I was going for a P-bass feel and ergonomically I achieved that. For now, it's a fun experiment. Perhaps I'll paint it some day. :eyebrow:
  9. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    Pretty great example of upcycling IMO
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  10. FerK

    FerK Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    To each his own. I would have suggested the Zero-Mod thumb-rest for Stingrays (Zero-Mod MODELS), which you fasten using one of the existing pickguard screws.


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  11. Sean89sl


    Dec 19, 2011
    Kuala Lumpur
    I use cloths peg and tape it on the guard. Absolute love it!

    Attached Files:

  12. What I do is cut pieces from 1/8" thick sheets of maple, walnut and cherry and epoxy them together in various combinations (trying to match the aesthetics of various basses) until I have a stack that's thumbrest height. A drill press is used for mounting holes.
    I belt sand it to a pleasing shape and contour it to fit thumbs perfectly, then hand sand and polish for a super smooth feel.
    Lemon oil or TruOil for finish.

    Then I sell them to my friends for money to buy picks.
  13. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    los angeles
    I make picks out of old credit cards and sell them to buy thumbrests :thumbsup:<-thumb
  14. andruca


    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    I usually do such "ghetto" things for thumbrests/ramps. I'd too make a gadget that attaches using the existing pickguard screw holes. Lately I'm more into traceless 3M EVA tape on solid bodies. But I've put some 4" of a bamboo chopstick epoxy'ed directly on the top of a Harley Benton uke bass. Couldn't notice a thing changing about the tone (not that these toys have any remotely serious volume unless plugged in), cost me cents to do and I think a chopstick, (one face flattened over sandpaper) is both more ergonomic and more aesthetic than that dowel.
  15. basadam


    Nov 29, 2005
    I agree that this is the absolute professional solution, but at $35 US (add shipment, customs tax) it's expensive compared to my poor man's rest, though I'd probably buy it if I were in US.

    BTW, google "thumb rest 3d print" and there is a free to download 3d-print file for a 5-string Sterling thumb rest.
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  16. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    OP, you definitely deserve credit for doing something different. :thumbsup:
  17. andykeating


    Oct 5, 2016
    Why would you do that...?! o_O
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  18. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    I wouldn't go for glued thumbrest, I'm sure I'd force it off eventually. Sure, it's ugly, but Sterlings aren't exactly good looking to me either, so.. yeah.
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  19. FerK

    FerK Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    And once again I say "to each his own". I (with emphasis on the "I") ain't gluing some makeshift "ghetto" solution (as andruca called them) to my fancy 2.5K bass. I'd be happy to buy a pleasant-looking solution for 1.5% of my axe's value.
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