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need help with identifying bass hardware

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by waidonchasaisew, May 5, 2010.

  1. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Those are the pickup and bridge covers that came on older Fender basses up through the 70's. They're not made of stainless steel, just chrome plated. Their function was to hide the pickups, and possibly to provide some extra shielding against electromagnetically-induced noise. The bridge covers on early Precision basses also originally had foam mutes in them to better imitate the sound of an upright, though I don't know if the Jazz cover did.
  2. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Plus the covers were hand rests. Fender basses were made so guitarist could double on bass, so they were indented to be played with a pick. That's why the finger rest was under the strings. You rest your unused fingers on it while you hold the pick. ;)

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