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Thumb rest removal - leftover screw holes?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by fretlessman71, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Got a used SX bass (Olympic White) with a thumb rest placed on the E string side that I hated, so I took it off. Leftover screwholes are downright unsightly. What should I do? Creative options are always welcome.:hyper:
  2. mcn1979


    Dec 22, 2011
    Newport News, VA
    Replace the pickguard (if it has one) or find shorter screws and put them in to fill the unsightly holes.
  3. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member


    If the holes are in the PG, you can replace it. If they're in the body, then you'll need to live with it...or put another thumbrest on it.
  4. Screw holes, bumps, scratches, etc... Just adds soul to the instrument! As long as they dont affect the sound, its all good!
  5. Computer won't let me save the resized image and it's too big for TalkBass. The screwholes are directly into the body, as if someone wanted to play this bass left handed, and installed a tugbar.
  6. Ah! Fixed it...

    Attached Files:

  7. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Ad a little Ferrari logo or something. Those holes look perfect for a car brand badge.
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Download Irfanview - free software - it makes resizing pix easy.


    Open the file in Irfanview, then use Image > Resize/Resample and save it with a new file name in the reduced size.
  9. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    You must have big hands to rest your thumb up there.
  10. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    That's a horrible place for a thumb rest. Even people who play that close to the neck could just rest their thumb on the edge of the fretboard.
  11. that's a bummer right there. you do have some options
    you could:
    1.) put screws (pan head, allen screws, etc) in it and call it good or touch up the paint on the tips to try to hide them.
    2.) put small dowels in it and touch up the paint on the tops
    3.) put a sticker on it (not my favorite idea. i don't like stickers)
    4.) fill and repaint bass (just throwing it out there)
    5.) take the thumb rest and cut a sliver off of the bottom of it like 1/16th inch thick and reattach to bass so it doesn't protrude very far.
    6.) take a piece of pick guard material and shape it to butt up against the existing guard and attach with screws in those holes.

    etc, etc.
  12. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland

    Like a Burns???

  13. just like that

  14. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    A Jazz/Burns mashup would be pretty cool. Especially in those colours....
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Dang, that's a weird spot for a thumbrest!!!

    You could always add some tasteful chrome, like the V8 emblem on my Bronco.....


    Not sure what would work in that location.

    Maybe a craft beer sticker?

  16. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I would just leave it as it is.
    Or put a sticker over it.
    The bass just isn't worth the trouble to repair and paint.
  17. Vanceman


    Feb 14, 2007
    So. Cal.
    a dab of spackle, and some white out.
  18. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    My personal choices for a problem like that is either the first quick and dirty one, which is a pair of nice tiny shiney chrome plated screws into the holes and forget it. Go ask a guitar repair dude to dig through his spare screw box to find a couple of nice ones.

    Or the second real fix is to fill the holes with white epoxy. You make epoxy white by mixing it with white inert powder. I like to use some fine white aluminum oxide (it's a polishing grit or used in electronic heat sink compound) but anything stable and white should do. I use a wire to poke it into the holes without getting it around them. You want to leave a bit of a humped up bump on the hole so you can trim it flat with a razor blade.

    Should look fine. Or you can match with touch up paint if anal.

    Paint is much easier to fix than natural wood where you have to glue in a small dowel and it never really quite matches.
  19. fill holes with tooth picks and elmers glue them touch up with a little paint
  20. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Rub some dirt in it and take a lap!