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What is this?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Skeletomania, Oct 25, 2005.


  1. Skeletomania

    Skeletomania

    Oct 25, 2005
    hong kong
    I'm relatively new to playing bass and I saw a bassist played a bass with this. I was wondering what does it do.

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  2. brothernewt

    brothernewt Some people call me the stormtrooper of love...

    Apr 13, 2004
    Happyrock, OR
    a thumbrest. or on the lower side, theoretically, a finger rest. put your finger there to anchor it and pluck the strings with your thumb. mostly they don't get used, they just look "vintage".
     
  3. BadB

    BadB

    May 25, 2005
    Glendale, AZ
    I believe it's a rest for your fingers while playing bass with your thumb or a pick.
     
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    He may be talking about the mutes on the bridge. Those are little felt pieces that deaden the strings a little to make the bass sound more thuddy.
     
  5. brothernewt

    brothernewt Some people call me the stormtrooper of love...

    Apr 13, 2004
    Happyrock, OR
    if you look at the larger image... the thumb/finger rest is circled. ;)
     
  6. Pan

    Pan Lowdown User

    Aug 8, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    strange as it may seem . . . many people played with the thumb in the early days. I saw horrible large plastic picks too with curled edges to hook the strings with. Even picks made of green felt.
    Who on earth would consider resting your thumb on a pickup and using your fingers?
     
  7. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!

    open the thumbnail and look at what is circled in blue....
     
  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I must be losing my eyesight. I had to focus for a couple seconds before I even saw that circle. OK, never mind.
     
  9. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    It is a Finger Rest. Years ago, bass players played using their thumb. Bill Wyman used this style in the early days of the Stones!
     
  10. ras1983

    ras1983

    Dec 28, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    let chime in and say that's a mighty fine bass that is. :rolleyes: