Jazz Bass - No pickguard but has tug bar/thumb rest?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stan_da_man, May 19, 2019.

  1. Stan_da_man


    Aug 29, 2006
    Does anyone do this? Any pictures would be great.
  2. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Just get a Squier VM Fretless J body and put your favorite J neck on it.
  3. Stan_da_man


    Aug 29, 2006
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    Not sure what the deal is with all the walnut(?) screw-hole dowels on the alder body...would look much better if they used the same color wood...looks kind of crazy to me...
  6. fretlessbass

    fretlessbass Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2010
    Tucson, AZ
    Lordy me! My bass caught the chicken pox!
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  7. Stan_da_man


    Aug 29, 2006
    Yeah that's not a good look...
  8. ihaveaquestion


    Jan 9, 2018
    G&L JB2. The body is not the same shape and it does not have thumb rest, but they are cheap and easy to install

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  9. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Would be cool IMO if there were more dowels scattered randomly across the top. As is, I like it not so much.
  10. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    No pickguard is the best.
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  11. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Inactive

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
    Hello @Stan_da_man! Yes, I do this to most instruments I've owned over the years, especially Jazz basses. I hate pickguards. The tug bar however, I do a little differently. I use it as an actual thumbrest (fingerstyle player here) & it can be an official Fender plastic rest or a piece of wood that I fashion, depending on the instrument. I've used screws & I've used the "wedge" technique if I span the space between the P/U's.
  12. basst scho

    basst scho

    May 30, 2017
    looks like my back (birthmarks...)
  13. Honkey tonk

    Honkey tonk Turn it up Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2019
    Lower 48
    I like that only people who know jazz basses will understand all the plugs .
    + screwing into a walnut end grain kinda makes sense .
    Last edited: May 19, 2019
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  14. There’s also this one, non-factory location and a little more practical...

  15. Stan_da_man


    Aug 29, 2006
    Any pics?
  16. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
    That just made my mind hurt. even if it's logical. Imagine the same bass with a thumbrest that went from the neck to the bridge. (Yeah... someone will find a pic)
  17. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Inactive

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
    No, sorry. But if you look at the picture of the 62ish looking (fretless?) Jazz @eastcoasteddie posted (#14), you'll get the idea.

    There have been times when I've wanted to run a thumb rest from the front of the bride P/U to the back edge of the fretboard, but I never have.

    Godin 6.jpg

  18. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Inactive

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
    Someone did... :D (scroll up^^)
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  19. I’ve never quite understood the rationale behind a thumb rest on a Jazz because you already have two built in ones with the two pickups. And yes ,I do have several Jazz basses. But, too each there own. The one with the big walnut plugs looks bizarre. I would add a whole bunch more randomly to get into Buddy Guy territory.
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  20. Carl Hillman

    Carl Hillman

    Jan 1, 2010
    Woodpeckers? Termites?

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