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Question about fender jazz basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by toomuch2517, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. toomuch2517


    Apr 5, 2009
    This may seem like a stupid question, but its something ive always wondered. I was looking at the fender 62 vintage jazz basses and ive never been able to figure out what the the black bar just under the g string on the pick guard is.

    Im assuming its a pick up, but i cant figure out why there would be a pick up at that spot.

    Can someone enlighten me?
  2. bgressman82


    Mar 5, 2009
    i believe it's a finger rest for use when thumbing. that's what i've always assumed, anyway.
  3. That is correct.
    And that's my 62 reissue above...
  4. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    I think the term for it is a tug bar. Above thumb rest. Below tug bar.
  5. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    It's because Leo was trying to mimmick the sound of an upright, so he thought the bass would be played like this;

  6. elBandito


    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    Thats a new way of asking this question. Nicely disguised.
  7. Jazz Ad

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    The thing is, it's difficult to search for this one.

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