Thumbrest on the G side?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by topper, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. What's the purpose of the thumbrest on the G string side of the body? I know a lot of the old Fenders have them there, but what's their purpose? You wouldn't actually rest your thumb on it would you?

    Please educate me.

    Like this:
  2. I imagine Leo Fender envisaged the bass being plucked with the thumb.
  3. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Back in the very old days, you played with your thumb. So it was a handrest. I think.
  4. russianspy


    Oct 20, 2000
    Nashville, TN
    I've heard them described as a tugbar. You would pluck with your thumb and use the tugbar for leverage by grasping in with your fingers, I think.
  5. That's interesting. Anyone know when they moved to the E side?
  6. early - mid 70s
  7. RBradley


    May 20, 2007
    Napa, CA
    Watch Old videos of the Beach boys.

    Brain Wilson uses it while plucking with his thumb
  8. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    This needs to be a sticky.
  9. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Search is your friend. Discussed many, many times. Search for "tugbar". Original assumption was that bass players would play with their thumbs.
  10. Connor


    Jun 21, 2007
    hold it with your index & middle finger while plucking with your thumb
  11. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    +1. :rollno:
  12. wikipedia

    search tugbar
  13. this doesn't need stickied
  14. nortonrider


    Nov 20, 2007
    I for one never knew it was called a tugbar,
    so I couldn't have searched anywhere for it even if I wanted to.
  15. Ditto. Thanks for the info everyone!
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    Rumblin' Man Inactive

    Apr 27, 2000
    Route 66
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