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That metal thing over the strings

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rafterman, Oct 5, 2001.


  1. i have a huge question that i keep on forgetting to ask...

    What the heck is that metal thing that they put over the strings/pickup of vintage Fender jazz basses and the Rickenbacker?!

    doesn't that get in the way when you guys play?
     
  2. Lazy

    Lazy

    May 30, 2001
    Vancouver BC
    IMO, it gets in the way of slapping but it gives me a great anchor for my thumb when I'm playing fingerstyle, plus they look darn cool!
    You can always take them off if they bother you too much though!
     
  3. It was really the way back then to have a "humbucker". place a plate over the pic up WABAM! No more hum
     
  4. Its a pick up cover. Originally used to help keep your hands away from the pick ups. Original Fenders had ones that covered both pickups. Most people use them for ashtrays or a place to but screws when working on an instrument. I think Marcus Miller is one of a very few people that leaves his on most of the time.
     
  5. I was always wondering if u could take those things off, i always thought that the rik's would look awsome w/o the awkward metal thing on 'em. now i know u can take 'em off.
     
  6. See if you can find any old Cliff Burton pics with his Ric. I think he pulled the covers off of his
     
  7. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Some conceal string mutes, too.
     
  8. ytsebri

    ytsebri

    Sep 1, 2000
    Dallas
    I have a Jazz bass that I threw both p/u covers on. Let me tell you....the covers alter the sound of the p/u's (or bass if you will) because they alter the magnetic field. They do reduce hum slightly, but mostly they tend to warm the sound up.
     
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    So did I.
    <img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=11627687&p=41238657&Sequence=0&res=high">
     
  10. flipperwhite

    flipperwhite

    Jul 12, 2001
    usa
    actualy the original reason for the "cover ups" was to hide the fact that these were not Spector basses,most people were ashamed not to be able to afford a quality Spector and these "eye shields" helped self image.:cool:
     
  11. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Nino with long hair!!! :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
  12. old_skool

    old_skool

    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    the pup cover on early p basses act as a ground.
     
  13. I think a poll is in order.:)
     
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Pretty freaky, huh? That pic was taken in mid 1993 w/my 1st band, Raising Cain.

    Seems like I have a fellow Spectonian.

    Yeah, I just made up that word. :D
     
  15. CaracasBass

    CaracasBass

    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    :D
     
  16. All i have to say Nino on that picture is Wow. I never would have imagined. :D :D
     
  17. Will Lee loves those things on his Sadowsky basses.
     
  18. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    Will Lee just has that one sadowsky right? and its a vintage... or a reissue...
     
  19. On some Rics the cover is actually part of the pickups, on others its just a cover.