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Post by BrendonM » Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:16 am

I have always wanted to own a Stingray bass as I love the tonal range which seem to be available. I have heard from some that they tend to be a one trick pony however they certainly have their application.

Recently I went to a local store and tried one out but could'nt get over the pick up position as I realised how much I rely on resting my thumb in the position classically associated with a front J pickup. I found it quite a mission working around it and have decided that when I do get one that I'll put a thumbrest on it, they are cheap and sometimes new basses come with these anyway.

In the short term my next quality bass will be a Fender Jazz Delux as they have everything I want and totally seem to suit my style, however I'd still love a Musicman Stingray in my collection :)

Does anyone else find the thumbrest thing a neccessity as do I?
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Post by Dan » Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:25 am

I'd say its not overly important to me, as I mostly play a 5 string, in which my thumb is resting on the low B 90% of the time.

However on a 4 string, I'd say its not so much the position of the pickups between the bridge/neck thats most important to me, but the height of the pickup is a big thing. I've played some basses that I just can't get comfortable on due to this, I guess it was the Jazz bass upbringing, just so used to the trusty old oblong pickups to rest on.

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Post by Jazzbass » Mon Jan 15, 2007 1:18 pm

Yep, I'm a rest on the front pup kind of guy also. I can't rest on the back pup, 'cos I keep my ashtrays on my basses.

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Post by timi » Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:35 pm

I actually find resting on a bridge pickup is comfortable, so I find Musicman basses comfortable to play, but I prefer the sound of playing further up.

My Rickenbacker is terrible for fingerstyle, theres nowhere to rest your thumb unless you play right at the bottom of the neck, which sometimes suits.

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Post by beagle » Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:04 pm

timi wrote: I find Musicman basses comfortable to play, but I prefer the sound of playing further up.
ditto
yeah thumb position was strange for me at first too on musicman.
Now I mostly finger half way between the end of the neck and the pickup. My thumb rests on E string when not in use or pressed against the pick guard. This way I can play anywhere I feel. closer to the neck for soft, or over the pickup for attack. I tend to use the thumb on the E for muting as well. (possibly bad technique but it works for me)

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Post by Randomplay » Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:05 pm

Yea i also rest my thumb on the E string.... and if im playing something quick on the D & G strings ill have it under the E & A(to mute the A also).... and i also use my thumb for hitting the E if my fingers are busy else where.... Probably is bad technique, i dont know. Im totally self taught, so thats my excuse... i have absolutly no idea about the pros and cons... works for me 8)

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Post by BrendonM » Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:27 pm

I love the idea of the thumb rest bridge thing on the F Bass that Alan Caron plays:
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Post by timi » Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:01 pm

Too bad about the bass :lol:

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Post by BrendonM » Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:20 pm

lol... each to their own.

checkout http://www.alaincaron.com and have a look and listen to some of the video clips. Listen to the tone, it is very bright and crisp, which is great if you're into the sort of thing. The fretless's are very warm also. I like the idea of double marking the fret positions both on and in the neck. There is a Cort bass which looks similar to this green one - although it is fretted (the finishing on the Cort lacks a little however - the one I tried had an incomplete paintjob in the truss route at the bass of the neck), evenstill a nice tone.
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Post by timi » Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:27 pm

How can you hear it when it doesn't have any pickups :wink:

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Re: Thumb position

Post by Tim1 » Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:22 am

I spent 25 odd years resting my thumb on top of the pickup, usually with a Jazz bass but a few Precisions and MusicMans also along the way. I recently purchased a 68 Fender Telecaster bass (the first ever reissue of the original Fender bass) - talk about mojo and full range bottom from a single coil - and the combination of the plank body (totally flat, no bevelled edge for your arm to rest on) and a flimsy pickup meant I had to readjust and "float "my hand. It took about 20 minutes only to adjust to this and to be honest I now prefer it although occasionally I will rest my thumb on the strings. One bonus of this approach seems to be that there is less pressure on the hand muscles/tendons and therefore less risk of carpal tunnel problems etc.

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Re: Thumb position

Post by rock lobstar » Sun Dec 09, 2007 4:10 pm

i have this really good bass technique book and it says something about having the thumb on the pickup being better because its the natural position of the hand and causes far less strain and later damage to the hand.

could be bullshit but it seems to work for me

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Re: Thumb position

Post by timi » Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:54 pm

That really depends on the pickup, some are really wide and would make you stretch more to reach the strings.

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Re: Thumb position

Post by Pstewart » Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:40 am

Yea having your thumb on the top of a soapbar on a 6 string with even moderate spacing puts some strain on your hand.
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