the true purpose of pickup covers…

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bon viesta, Jun 29, 2021.

  1. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    PICKING!!! seriously, how do you people use picks without pickup covers? i can only get my hand near the bridge without one and the sound is all stringy and twangy, which isn’t my style. for reference about what i’m talking about, just picture that gif of keith richards playing sympathy for the devil on that precision bass. and for a bridge sound, imagine resting your hand on the bridge pickup cover instead.

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  2. Bassclef46

    Bassclef46 Inactive

    Feb 1, 2021
    one of the reasons i always give up on picking is i cant hover my hand over the strings. the rick pup cover is great for resting your hand and playing in a middle position. I love finger plucking near the bridge but I agree that a pick does not sound good by the bridge
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  3. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Picking has never been a problem for me. From my perspective, I'd like to know how someone incorporates pickup covers into their picking style.
  4. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Same here. When I use a pick I rest the edge of my hand against the string(s) below the one I'm playing to mute them. A pup cover would just be in the way.
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  5. I keep the cover on my Rick 4000 for the look, but also will use it as a palm rest for the rare occasions when i pick the strings north of the pickup. 75% of the time i pick or pluck the strings south of the pickup.
    When I’ve played other people’s Ricks with the cover removed, I found there’s too many extraneous noises happening when playing directly over the pickup.
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  6. I generally do all my playing on the bridge side of the pickup, really close to the pickup. both with fingers and a pick.

    And as has been said I don't know how anyone would play where I do with a pickup cover. Everyone develops their own style.
  7. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    I've only been playing for seven or eight years but I can’t imagine using a pickup cover as an aid.
    Maybe because I use a bass pick instead of a guitar pick?
  8. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I don't have pickup covers on any of my basses - the literally just get in the way of some of the stuff I do. I do have thumb rests on all of them - the thumb rest goes from the neck to the neck pickup - I never play between the pickup and the bridge.