Vintage Fender Jazz's

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by s7on3d, Aug 3, 2002.

  1. s7on3d


    Jun 26, 2002
    Ra'anana, Israel
    On older Fender Jazz Basses, i've noticed that there's a what looks like a thumb rest, but on the wrong side, below the strings. What is it for??? If you don't know what i'm talking about, look at the pics in the thread "Dirk Lance's Bass".

    Thanks guys,

  2. yeh i was wondering that myself the little black bar
    ive seen it all the old fender basses to

  3. Funkster


    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    I believe that the older J & P basses had the thumbrest under the strings so that players could anchor there fingers and thump along with there thumbs. The electric bass was a new thing so there was not a definit technique that was being used back then.
  4. You see, a long time ago some players used to play with their thumb (NOT slapping) instead of with a pick or fingers. When playing like that, a bar you can grab hold of with your fingers is a very good idea. Hope you get it!
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    It was originally designed as, and called, a finger rest.