POLL: Ashtrays & Pickup Covers -- Do You Play With Them in Place?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Jeremy Crockett, Oct 3, 2022.

  1. Yes -- The covers never leave my bass.

    64 vote(s)
  2. No -- I do not leave them on when playing, but I do like the esthetic.

    118 vote(s)
  3. Yes -- Ashtray/bridge cover ONLY while playing.

    44 vote(s)
  4. Yes -- Pickup cover ONLY while playing.

    19 vote(s)
  5. No -- I do not have them nor would I EVER have them.

    141 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. BassFalcon


    Nov 18, 2020
    Always on. I use the pickup cover as a palm rest to use the Damien Erskine right hand thing. A55287E3-FAB5-4FD3-A2E3-0D0C7B799595.jpeg
  2. I voted yes on the bridge cover because I own a 1975 Jazz bass that looks good with the bridge cover on because it covers a sloppy badass bridge installation. Other than that one, they are on my 66 Precision. The others don't have them installed.
  3. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    I kinda do. I have the Fender bridge cover mute on my P bass, that I typically use in the studio. I also have one for my Jazz, but I hardly ever use it.
  4. Chop11777

    Chop11777 Supporting Member

    Jul 22, 2016
    South carolina
    I like them on or off !!!
    I kinda just adapt to them
    I am looking for a well worn set
    For a fender P
    If you've got a set PM me
  5. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    nope! proudly been taking the pick-up and bridge covers off my FSO's since 1969 and damn proud of it! :laugh:

    but seriously, it's not that they look bad so much as they get in the way.
  6. Sure, but none that 16 year old me had ever noticed. It’s a story about me, get it?
  7. Bummer. I remember one time I was over exuberant and the E string somehow ended up under the edge of the top flatwork. Just about had a heart attack :bored:.
    Tony In Philly likes this.
  8. Surprisingly, I actually remove mine to play! :rolleyes:
  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    No thanks. If Will or Marcus like them, I support their choices, but they just get in my way.
    Jeremy Crockett likes this.
  10. OkayistBassist

    OkayistBassist Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2017
    I added them to my Precision. I stuffed some foam under the bridge cover for the mute effect. I like playing that bass with them on.

    I had them on my jazz. I decided no liked it better with them off.

    I kept the bridge pickup cover on my Ric for a long time. I just removed it within the last year.
  11. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Pickup cover? Yes! But only ever put th bridge cover on the PBass when I was playing in a Sam Cooke theatre show and put a strip of foam in it for muting. Otherwise no bridge cover for me.

  12. I've never held a bass with ashtrays. If/when that happens, that's when I will decide.

    I didn't vote because there isn't an "I don't know yet" option.
  13. ctmullins

    ctmullins Dominated Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Gross. Hate ‘em.
  14. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Royal, Oak, MI.
    Endorsing artist- Suhr basses, PedalTrain, GHS, Ultimate Ears
    I had the pickup my cover on my old Jazz since the late 80’s.
    Never paid attention to Marcus Miller or Will Lee and how their basses were. But everyone would comment how I should take it off. I literally didn’t like playing a Jazz without it.
    Then when Fender came out with the Marcus sig bass, every knucklehead on the planet thought it was cool.
    TonetotheBone likes this.
  15. They look awesome, but most find them restricting in use. The P bass bridge cover is small enough to be unobtrusive, but pickup covers are right where many want to pluck/pick.
  16. bordinco90


    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    I have always taken mine off immediately after I would buy a bass and put screws in the holes left behind.
  17. Chicken Wing

    Chicken Wing

    Mar 26, 2017
    I leave my playing inhibitors off.
  18. Grinderman


    Dec 21, 2013
    Los Angeles
    Yeah this about sums the whole thing up for me too.

    How about powerful little neo magnetic registration pins that somehow don't f-up the magnetic fields of the pickups? :confused:

    Yeah, I know... I don't believe that's a possible thing.
    Marko 1 likes this.
  19. jdjk7

    jdjk7 Supporting Member

    May 12, 2016
    Bloomington, IN, USA
    I have the covers on my Precision. I like the style, and I don't find it limits my technique.
  20. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    No -- I do not have them nor would I EVER have them.