What's It For?

Discussion in 'Bass Area; The Bottom Line' started by emjee, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. emjee

    emjee Member

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    I have noticed on a lot of bass guitars there is a small piece of wood about three inches long and a half inch high mounted on the pickguard just below the G string. What is this for? I can't see how it could be to rest your fingers on it considering where it is mounted. Thanks...
     
  2. Malinoski

    Malinoski everything wrong possible

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    It's a mojo stick,
    Makes you play better.

    They come in different sizes and colors to match the music you play:
    fat/black for metal,
    medium/blue for blues,
    thin/pink for hello kitty,
    etc.

    Works also as a ledge to hook your fingers under
    if you play with your thumb...
    very, very old school technique.
    Kind of a vestigial piece from another era
    like the p-bass chrome pick-up cover.
     
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    Thanks Pete. Seems like they would've mounted it above the the "E" string; somewhere to rest yer thumb...
     
  4. Eric F

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    '50s-early '70s Fender mounted them below the G-string (sometimes referred to as a "tug-bar"). Mid-late '70s they were mounted above the E-string and intended as a thumb rest.
     
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  5. Malinoski

    Malinoski everything wrong possible

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    Here's an example of that "tug bar" being put to use,
    Brian Wilson... probably a purple one:

     
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    It was great for if you showed up at the gig without your strap!
     
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    Thanks Pete, ggreat clip! Also shows Dennis' incredibly intricate drum technique! :rimshot ;)
     

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