#1
I'm thinking about putting a thumb rest on my J bass. I alread have put a tortise shell pick guard on it. Looks pretty nice. I'm a little nervous about taking a drill to my bass. What are some alternatives to putting a thumb rest on?

I want to put it below the G string.

thanks!
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#2
Alternatives? As in other things you could use in place of a tug-bar?

EDIT: the drilling shouldn't be to bad at all, provided you take your time. Measure twice, cut once.
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Last edited by Tostitos at May 17, 2010,
#3
Tape or super glue.


Just drill the damn thing.
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#4
You could glue it on with some form of powerful epoxy.
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#5
probably not the best way of doing it but heres how i did mine...
lined up the thu,b rest to the back of the pickguard oppisite side where i wanted it to go
marked the inside of he holes and checked again for precesion
drilled the holes in the pick guard

heres where i got lazy

put the pickguard back in
placed thumb rest on proper holes
inseerted screw into the thumbrest
hit the head with the butt end of the hammer till the screw pierced the finish
screwed it in
repeated for second screw

like i said probably not the brightest idea but it has the best damn grip on the wood

good luck
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#6
ooh sounds a little risky!

i'll look into glue, if no luck there i will just drill it in
w/o bass n drums, there wouldn't really be rock music.

Schecter is pronounced 'Shek-ter', right? I don't want to walk in and say, "Hey, can I try out that Sketcher?" and have the helper reply with "Wtf, we don't sell shoes!"
#7
Take it to a shop and pay somebody to install one if you don't feel confident in your own ability.

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#8
What's the point in putting it below the strings?

If you drill it it will be fine, if anything happens you can always fill the hole and paint over it.
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#9
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What's the point in putting it below the strings?

If it's placed below the G string, it's commonly referred to as a tug bar instead of a thumb rest. Its basically an anchor for your fingers to latch on to while you play with your thumb.

Some people also add them on purely for aesthetic reasons, to give their bass a vintage look.
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