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Thumbrest, ***

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Vox Populi, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    Maybe this is a n00bish question... But I've never understood... What the hell is the thumbrest doing on the bottom half of the bass? I don't put my thumb there while I play. Why isn't it up where my thumb would be, so I can rest it? What is the use of having a "thumbrest" below your strings? I've seen people who put their thumbrest on what I consider the "correct" side, but I more commonly see it on the bottom half of the bass.
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Way back when, Leo Fender assumed players would use their thumb to pluck his bass...the 4 remaining fingers would 'cup' the 'thumb rest' below the G-string which left the thumb to do the thumping.
    Also, the bridge cover had some sort foam mute...all of this was an attempt to make the P-bass emulate the URB.

    I have this '70s interview with Chuck Rainey-
    He was complaining about Fender getting with the program...
    "Why is the thumb rest there?! Everybody moves it above the E-string".
    "Why is there a cover over the pickup?! That's the best place to play the strings".
    "Everybody who owns a Fender replaces the bridge".

  3. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    I get it now, I never knew that.