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Old Fender question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 4string4ever, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. 4string4ever

    4string4ever Guest

    Apr 18, 2004
    Orlando, Florida
    This has bothered me for years, but I'm only now asking why. On the older Fenders, the thumbrest is located on the lower bout. WHY??? You can't possibly use it from there unless you're a lefty playing a righty!!!

    Someone please make sense of this for me. :confused:
  2. LWatford


    Jul 28, 2001
    Helena, AL
    Remember Leo was going for the Double Bass tone, so the idea was to rest your fingers on that rest, and pluck the strings with your thumb. They also had mutes at the bridge to work towards that sound.
  3. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    On the bottom it is called a finger rest, on the top it's called a thumb rest.
  4. Anti_Wish


    May 14, 2004
    Boston, Ma
    exactly, you put your palm on the pickup cover, fingers on the finger rest, and thumb on the strings. it is actually very comfortable.
  5. 4string4ever

    4string4ever Guest

    Apr 18, 2004
    Orlando, Florida
    It's all so clear to me now.....thanks guys.