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    Junior Member Llewellen's Avatar
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    Thumbrest and Saddles Finished!

    Here are some pix. The "milky look" on the plastic skirt of the thumbrest is actually the protective peel off that I didn't remove because the plastic is almost invisible otherwise. One pic with the peel off removed.

    Thumbrest and saddles fabricated from katalox which, according to the Wood Database, is more dense even than African ebony and considerably more dense than rosewood. To my ears there is a slight "tightening" or more focused tonality to the notes. It's not huge but it is there. Whether it's worth the time and expense, only your ears can say. Mine say a definite yes. The thumbrest was an absolute necessity for my playing technique and since I had the chunk of katalox anyway, I had the luthier make it with that.

    According to Luthiers Mercantile, which is where I bought the plastic sheet, the adhesive does not mar the finish and can be removed if desired. They sell this material primarily as tap plates on flamenco guitars.

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    "To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable" - attributed to Ludwig von Beethoven

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    Looks nice. I am somewhat amused. I had a thumbrest added to my custom bass and now I am experimenting with a fingering hand technique that anchors the thumb on a lower string, adjacent to the one being played. It is a muting technique but makes the rest much less useful :-)
    Quote Originally Posted by mgod View Post
    What he said.
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    Frono: You are correct----again.

    '67 Starfire I Bass (Cherry)
    '71 JS II Bass (Walnut)
    '82 B-50 Acoustic Bass (Natural)
    '87 Pilot (Black)
    '13 Newark Street Starfire Bass (Cherry)
    '16 Betts Bass "Walnut Bottom"

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    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post
    Looks nice. I am somewhat amused. I had a thumbrest added to my custom bass and now I am experimenting with a fingering hand technique that anchors the thumb on a lower string, adjacent to the one being played. It is a muting technique but makes the rest much less useful :-)
    Thanks. I know the technique of which you speak. It's on full display with Scott Devine of Scott's Bass Lessons. I'm an old dog using the old school, two fingered style, akin to playing an upright. And, of course, with that technique the rake mutes the adjacent lower string but only after the string above has been plucked. Your new technique mutes the lower string even before the one above has been plucked. I may try it out but there is that saying about old dogs and new tricks. Of course, it's all a different story when playing chords.
    "To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable" - attributed to Ludwig von Beethoven

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llewellen View Post
    Scott Devine
    Yep.
    Quote Originally Posted by mgod View Post
    What he said.
    Quote Originally Posted by Stuball48 View Post
    Frono: You are correct----again.

    '67 Starfire I Bass (Cherry)
    '71 JS II Bass (Walnut)
    '82 B-50 Acoustic Bass (Natural)
    '87 Pilot (Black)
    '13 Newark Street Starfire Bass (Cherry)
    '16 Betts Bass "Walnut Bottom"

    LMG I, II, III

    This space available.

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