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Playing with bridge and pickup covers

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FloridaTim, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. FloridaTim


    May 29, 2013
    Kissimmee, FL
    So, I am at the pawn shop and see an SX bass with ashtray covers. Since I had never played an SX or a bass with both covers on, I picked it up and began to play.

    No matter how hard I tried I kept bumping into the covers. Am I supposed to play between the covers or up by the neck?

    And this was with my fingers. I could only imagine it being worse with a pick. I tend to move around quite a bit with the pick to adjust my tone.

    I love the vintage look of the ashtrays, but am I missing an obvious solution, other than taking them off?
  2. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    That's completely up to you. Whichever works better - or less terribly - and whichever tonal quality you prefer.

    No. Ever since Fender started putting those covers on bass guitars back in the very early 1950's players have been removing them in order to (a) make the basses easier to play, with fingers and/or with a pick, and (b) make it quicker and easier to change strings.