#1
Iv been looking into getting a Fender Jazz bass lately but im a bit confused over certain parts of them.... Iv highlighted in red & green what has me confused.



Red Cirlce = Is that a metal casing going over the bridge? If so what purpose does it serve?

Green Rectangle = Again has that metal plate got something to do with the pickups?

Im just not sure what the proper name is for these parts and why/what there for!

In advance, thanks for letting me know
#2
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Iv been looking into getting a Fender Jazz bass lately but im a bit confused over certain parts of them.... Iv highlighted in red & green what has me confused.



Red Cirlce = Is that a metal casing going over the bridge? If so what purpose does it serve?

Green Rectangle = Again has that metal plate got something to do with the pickups?

Im just not sure what the proper name is for these parts and why/what there for!

In advance, thanks for letting me know


they are just protector plates, easily removed if you want. ive seen more in stores withouth them than with, so i wouldnt be to concerned about them.
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#4
you could potentially use the plate over the pickup to anchor your thumb on while you play.
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#5
they're simply aftermarket parts for looks, easily removable :-)
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#7
they're just for looks, they're called bridge or ashtrey/pickup covers... it doesn't make a difference in sound, just adds that extra chrome to your jazz bass for the more vintage look.
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#9
as stated, they are pick-up covers. they are not aftermarket parts. they are original factory parts, found on all, new Fender Jazz basses, in the early years. the cover over the bridge is nick named the ashtray, because thats what most players used them for, after they removed them. some reissues have them today. a true collectable, vintage Jazz bass, must have these parts included, for maximum value.
#10
I think it affects the sound, although very minutely. Something about the magnetics.

They look cool too, but chances are you won't have them on your bass if you're buying new, unless it's a re-issue.