Vintage P Bass. Covers in Chrome. Bothers?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lopesraphael, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I have covers doesn't block any of my playing.
  2. I do have to adjust sands bit when I use the bass with covers but just wkng with it a bit helps alot
  3. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    It gets in the way for some people and for others it doesn't.
    I like them and doesn't bother me at all.
  4. Groovy_Gravy


    Apr 26, 2012
    Love the look but dislike them for playing. I like the whole area free of obstruction
  5. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester

    I like them. The pickup cover makes a fine palm rest for slapping.
  6. StevieMac

    StevieMac Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    Me too.

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    I like the covers. I also like how my tone varies when I play over the pups and either above or below that point.
    Because of that I won't install the covers. At least the pickup cover.
  8. I've been thinking about that and do need all opinions i can get! Thank you guys!
  9. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Just a BassGuy! Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Bridge cover only. The pickup cover gets in my way... covers wayyy too much space.

    (looks great in pics though :) )

  10. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    I use the bridge cover but not the pick up cover. That one gets in my way. The bridge cover on a P-Bass looks classy to me, plus I can put a mute in it if I want to (3M weather stripping)
  11. pickup cover gets in the way but bridge is fine.

    Depends if you move your right hand around or not. If you stay in one place I'm sure the pickup cover is fine.

    I move my right hand anywhere from the 12th fret to the bridge.
  12. BenWhoPlaysBass


    Jun 7, 2013
    I liked them when I played a few gigs on my uncle's old P bass, but there was one instance when I went for an over-emphatic slap on the low E string and ended up slapping the **** out of the metal pickup cover. After the thumb bruise recovered, I learned to play it a bit more carefully. But in short, they look great but can take getting used to.
  13. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    I use both. I don't slap and they don't get in the way of picking either. Make a great thumb rest, and just behind the pup is also my favorite spot.

    My only complaint would be that you better not drink anything before you screw holes in your bass. The bridge cover on my squier is a tiny bit too low on the left side and it physically hurts to look at it because you'll always see proof of your failure as a handyman lol.
  14. Nice info!!!
  15. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    I put the PU cover on the bridge and removed the bridge cover.

    Looks cool. Isn't in the way
  16. Groovy_Gravy


    Apr 26, 2012
    What's even worse are the ones on the jazz basses ..the bridge ones cover the bridge and pickup...
  17. I have a pickup cover on my 65 restored P bass.
    Big time in my way, but looks cool :bassist:

  18. Thrillhouse

    Thrillhouse Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I actually put a pickup cover on my 2011 American Special P Bass because I dig the retro vibe with the gold anodized aluminum pickguard that I also added and it in no way hinders my playing.

    A lot of people want to play right over the pickup and, if that's the case, the cover would certainly get in the way. I however, play much closer to the neck (or if I want a more aggressive tone, near the bridge) so it doesn't bother me at all. In the end you just have to decide where you are most comfortable playing and decide if a cover would interfere.

    Now the bridge cover I wouldn't think should effect anyone one way or another because it doesn't really cover the strings very much anywhere where one might actually be playing.
  19. Thrillhouse, i own a mim 60th anniversary edition. I'm willing to get it as retro i can in certain way.

    Is a sort of olympic creamy white! Lol i can actually define it quite properly but i love it. I was thinking of put the covers, and a mint green pickguard. Just like the 63" Vintage.