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Thumb Supporters

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by sargebaker, May 10, 2004.

  1. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    Are they useful? Where can they be bought (besides on the Caron model of F-Bass) Can you install them Pretty much on any bass? Any good brands I should know about? Are they expensive? etc. bla bla. I've seen some fender ones on ebay, but they look gigantic.
  2. If I wanted one I'd just screw on a small block of wood after bestowing an attractive shape upon it.
  3. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    Made one myself, and the good thing is
    that it's solid as a rock and completely removable without
    leaving a mark (except maybe a clean spot).

  4. They are useful for players who like to rest their thumb on them! :smug:

    You can install a thumb rest on any bass as long as you don't mind drilling holes into the wood/body. You can also reshape the Fender thumb rest, some are made of wood!


    Fender Thumb Rest

  5. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    Treena, Treena, Treena my dear, are you being facetious?

    You do not have to drill holes in your Bass.

    My thumb rest has been on for 5 years and hasn't moved,
    except for the two times I removed it for shaping, and
    then replaced it. No marks, no drilling, no guff.
  6. country_boy


    Apr 13, 2004
    Houghton, MI
    How's it on there, tape?
  7. D.A.R.K.


    Aug 20, 2003
    years ago a buddy of mine who is a piano repairman gave me some real nice looking ebony keys and they're perfect for a thumb rest.. just use silicon and position where desired...holds great and comes off without damage to the finish.
  8. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    I've been working on the Removable Thumb Rest idea ever
    since '98. I loved my Warwick's solid flame maple body and
    dual J pick-up in the "Musicman" position, but I really needed
    to move around more when digging in on the E string.

    I initially tried professional quality double sided tapes,
    but they eventually let loose with use and when it got
    warm and humid. A sliver of removeable type adhesive on the
    base of the thumbrest didn't hold well enough.

    I didn't even think of silicone,
    I was trying for a solid non-flexible base.

    Then a friend of mine who is totally punk, had a thumb
    rest epoxied to a vinyl Bumper Sticker on his beat-up P Bass for years.
    That puppy was solid as a rock... and removeable.
    Hmmmm, the removeable adhesive worked great if it
    had more surface area. Then using a super strong
    permanent adhesive on top of that.
    (And humidity wasn't a problem with vinyl).

    But I'd wanted something a little more classy then a
    vinyl sticker with a logo or something on my beautiful instrument.

    I found a clear self adhesive urethane that is
    designed safe for guitar finishes (I found some on E-Bay $5).
    Enough material for many thumb rests.

    You can't even see this 'foundation' without
    bouncing the light off it at the right angle.

    A small 2" x 1" piece of this becomes the foundation
    on which to glue (I used JB Weld 2 part Epoxy).
    2" x 1" of the self adhesive urethane provides a wider area
    for the removeable part to get a grip;
    much more then the surface area found on the bottom of a thumb rest.
    Side bonus: No Thumb & nail 'rub' mark on the body
    where the rest is mounted because it's protected by the
    surrounding urethane.

    Now for the perfect thumbrest size, shape, material, and position.

    Mine is a hard rubber that is extremely comfortable.
    It is the exact same height, level, and distance from
    the E string as the top of the pick-up,
    so transitioning the thumb from the pickup to rest
    is smooth feeling and doesn't get in the way of Slap or Pick styles.

    It removes cleanly, but to replace a new piece of
    clear self adhesive urethane and new rest must be used.

    Ebony, Rosewood, Maple, faux Ivory or any wood to match or
    compliment the instrument is the way to go.

    I have been using this for years now and I'm
    happy with the results.
  9. What an elegant solution Fingerblister. I use window nipples or suction cups with the hangers removed.

  10. Finger Blister, I was very impressed with your PM but this explaination is even better!

    Thanks again and what a great idea!

  11. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
  12. mateo


    Jan 5, 2004
    Fingerblister, where did you get the actual thumb rest? I'm going to try your idea. I'm studying the Essential Bass Technique by Peter Murray. He (as well as others) have suggested a thumb rest for good technique. I have a Thunderchief acoustic bass. How far from the bridge do you play the thumb rest? I do not have another bass to compare it to. I know that it should be equal "string" distance from the E (as the E is to A etc.) but not sure where to position it latitudinally.

    ~ Mateo
  13. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    I forget where I found my thumbrest material.

    For a PU-less instrument the 'P' position
    would be a good place to consider.

    My thumbrest is centered 5.5" from the bridge saddle contact;
    (as if my thumb was resting on the 'P' pick-up.)

    Far enough from the neck for to Slap w/o it being in the way.
    Far enough from the bridge for Palm Muting w/o being in the way.

    Most use the p.u. as a rest... so...
  14. Don W

    Don W

    Jan 30, 2004
    East Bay, CA.
    Thanks for the tips Finger Blister. I've been trying to find a way to add a thumb rest to a bass for a while now.
  15. That's a really great idea! You seriously should consider making a sort of kit to market. Now it's in public domain, you'd better hurry up!!!
  16. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    Send me $500 and the Idea is yours! :D
  17. You didn't want royalty dividends as well? :D