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Why a tugbar?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Chaddycakes, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Why is the tugbar located where it is? It seems to make more sense that people would want one on the other side so they can pluck like an upright right over the pickup.

    Who prefers a tugbar? Who would want one if it were on the other side?
  2. Leo figured that players would play his electric bass with their thumb, and thus, the tugbar. Players ended up using their fingers or a pick, and thus, the change to a thumbrest.
  3. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    It was intended for players to put their fingers under, with the assumption that they would mostly be using their thumbs to pluck. It was eventually moved above the pickup, where it then functioned as a thumb rest. Today, they more or less serve the aesthetics of a vintage style bass more than having any practical use. I like them on my Precisions for the look and will occasionally use a tug bar for its intended purpose.
  4. I've never liked having a thumbrest. I feel like it gets in the way.
  5. Anyone see a bass with one on the other side?
  6. Yes
  7. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    This guy named Brian...

    That was the style back then, so Fender put it there. As the style morphed into finger playing, Fender moved it to above the strings to reflect what players wanted (although Fender was a bit slow to respond.....it wasn't until around 1973/74 when Fender started putting it above the strings for a thumbrest).
  8. Ah, that's the info I wanted. I guess I just could have asked. Maybe my Fender Mark Hoppus Signature needs a mod.
  9. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    The funny thing is that when they put it there ('51), there was no style yet at all, Leo was assuming it would get played that way but there was no precedent!

    Seems like players used all kinds of styles from the outset, interestingly.
  10. Timmy-Watts

    Timmy-Watts Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Because it is cool. And I find use for it sometimes as it was intended... ImageUploadedByTalkBass1361349718.457720.
    On my main player.
  11. I hate the things and take them off - they're just in the way.
  12. Shakin-Slim


    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    I've got one, cause I wanted to get my bass close to its original state. I don't ever use it, but my hand never goes it near it. It's not in the way for me, and it looks bada**
  13. bassie12


    Aug 23, 2008
    When I got this bass body, it already had holes and the impression in the lacquer of a tugbar near the bridge. I installed one just to see what it looked like. It's actually very useful to me there, so I left it. I never would have thought to do this on my own. I could even see doing the same to another P-bass. Of course, YMMV.

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  14. bootsox


    Apr 28, 2012
    Biloxi, MS
    My P has one, and I use it as intended. it doesn't get in my way at all.
  15. tmdazed


    Sep 29, 2012
    Same here, My thumb usually rests on my neck pickup edge
  16. jefkritz


    Oct 20, 2007
    iowa city, IA
    none of my basses have them, but i like them. sometimes you just need to dig in with your thumb. it gives a much bigger sound, especially if there's a 'tugbar'.
  17. Lee Bruton

    Lee Bruton Guest

    May 11, 2012
    +1 for me too
  18. jchrisk1


    Nov 15, 2009
    Northern MI
    HUh....I always thought it was for when your strap comes undone you would have something to hold onto and still keep playing until the end of the song.
  19. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

    Aug 23, 2011
    It does that too! Kinda...

    I had one on my P one the bass side, in front of the bridge. Its not really the easiest thing to hook onto if your strap fails. I tried, but I found it easier to hook my pinky into the bridge
  20. If you check out some old clips from back in the day, a lot of players actually used them the way Leo intended them to be used. After that, it's been an evolution.