Discussion in 'Bass' started by laristotle, Oct 22, 2019.
I like to plant my thumb on the edge of the pup or along the pick guard.
The tug bar always had me scratching my head why.
I like the thumb rest, but can do without too.
@sulphur the tug bar is an artifact from the earliest days of electric bass (Gibsons had them too) where a player was expected to grab it with fore/middle finger(s) from the bottom and thumb at the strings. Litterally ass backwards to what is expected now. I don't think the vote is gonna be nearly as contentious as last nights election.
When I played more fingerstyle, I occasionally enjoyed a thumbrest, and I did put a tug bar on my vintage Gibson because it was period correct (holes were there) and a guy I knew was making accurate rosewood repros. Now I mostly play with a pick and when not shredding, anchor the edge of my hand/palm or sometimes just pinky on the bridge cover.
I’ll bet you’ll seldom see a tug bar without also seeing flatwound strings.
Thumb, plus flatwounds = thud.
Me, plus any (non bass) guitar with flatwounds = (a bit less) thud.
I've never used either.
Voted for tug bar because of the name.
i grow my right hand nails fairly long for playing guitar so when i play bass with my fingers i get a awful fingernails sound
so i play bass with my thumb kinda like charlie christian playing guitar i imagine it's what fender had in mind with the early basses and it works great and sounds good
but sometimes i get bugged about it by 'real' bass players
Nothing wrong with that; thumbing is legit if just not en vogue anymore (F the haters). That was my only point... though I must say when I am short of a pick (i.e around the house just messin - can't be bothered to go get one) I will use my fingernail as a sub - to each his own.
I don't use a tug bar but have one on each of my Fender basses along with a tug bar and a thumb rest on both of my 60's Kent basses.
They're definitely a throw back to the 50's & 60's and very cool looking IMO.
Neither for me as I play with my thumb and am always muting with my palm. So can't really use either.
Recently I realized how the foam mute trick would really free you up in that regard. That's how Jamerson could play so fast with one finger, he wasn't muting with his hand and it let him use his index finger almost like a drumstick.
I played bass for a couple of years in a band, but like sketchy Jeff, refused to cut my guitar nails. I used, and thoroughly enjoyed, a felt pick.
Thanks for clearing this up. I have a really old bass with the tug bar, but I never understood it. I thought maybe a lefty put it there and flip the guitar to be a left handed bass.
Now I know.
My basses don't have either, but on both of them I use the pickups as a thumb rest.
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