Thumb Rest

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by mmantell, May 21, 2020.

  1. mmantell


    Nov 2, 2019
    Anyone ever put a thumb rest oh a hollow body bass?
  2. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    That would affect the performance of the soundboard.
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  3. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    As sissy Kathy says it would impact the soundboard which is kind of the point of a hollow body bass. You also are drilling holes in a fairly thin piece of wood. If you wnat to try it I would consider using double sided tape.
  4. mmantell


    Nov 2, 2019
    Thanks, All, Not going to mess my bass up!

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  5. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    Are we talking electric or acoustic hollow body?

    If there's a magnetic pickup on the front of your hollow body, adding a thumb rest will not effect the tone enough [for most people] to notice, if at all. Many hollow body electric basses sport thumb rests and tug bars from the shop.
  6. vid1900


    Dec 12, 2019
    Sure, many times.

    Whether it's a hollow or solid bass, I always tell customers to stick the prospective thumb rest on with a Command Strip.

    That way, they can experiment with placement before any holes are drilled.

    Really, many players could just use the strips and forget the screws, as they have plenty of grip.