Fender Jazz pickup cover over the bridge??

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Fender Jazz pickup cover over the bridge??

Post by maxgroover » 03 Feb 2018, 13:22

It's funny how your mind wanders in the dentist chair...

So I'm sitting in the chair and focus on the song that's playing "You to me are everything" by The Real Thing. Listening to the tone of the bass it sounds like a jazz bass with the bridge cover on and foam under the cover giving that nice attack on the front of the note and decay on the back of the note. Without the bridge cover on the foam has to either go under the strings or be taped over the top.

But then I wondered whether the Jazz bass pickup cover that covers the neck pickup could be placed over the bridge so that you could easily slip foam between the cover and the strings as needed.

Anyone tried this?? I don't have a pickup cover to experiment with.
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Re: Fender Jazz pickup cover over the bridge??

Post by narcdor » 03 Feb 2018, 14:08

Just checked with a P and the holes are quite a bit off for pre installed bridge and neck covers. It lines up alright with the leading edge of the cover in the good muting spot but so does the bridge cover. You could just use the bridge cover with foam slipped in, or just slip the foam between strings and body which should have exactly the same effect.
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Re: Fender Jazz pickup cover over the bridge??

Post by Classic5 » 03 Feb 2018, 15:22

maxgroover wrote:
03 Feb 2018, 13:22
.....But then I wondered whether the Jazz bass pickup cover that covers the neck pickup could be placed over the bridge so that you could easily slip foam between the cover and the strings as needed.

Anyone tried this?? I don't have a pickup cover to experiment with.
Haven't tried it, but it seems to make sense. You could be onto something Matt :yep
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Re: Fender Jazz pickup cover over the bridge??

Post by maxgroover » 03 Feb 2018, 16:13

narcdor wrote:
03 Feb 2018, 14:08
You could just use the bridge cover with foam slipped in, or just slip the foam between strings and body which should have exactly the same effect.
You could push foam in and out of the bridge cover - just not sure how easy that is in practice. The thinking with using the pickup cover is that it will be easier being open on both sides to put on and take off the foam between songs.

And re: the foam under the strings having the same effect under or over the strings, if that was the case wouldn't Carol Kaye just slip the foam under the strings rather than going to the hassle of taping the foam down? Surely she tapes the foam down on the top because it sounds different? :shrug:
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Re: Fender Jazz pickup cover over the bridge??

Post by narcdor » 03 Feb 2018, 20:16

It’s easier to adjust the tension due to the radius of the string heights with tape I think, but if you can cut a piece of foam to the right radius (theory is that’s why Babbitt et al their foam looks so messy) or have a quite flat setup or both it’s easier to get the sweet spot.

I’ve tried with foam and felt under string, and that fwump thing around string, and can’t get consistent muting pressure across the strings so I give up. The bridge cover foam sits in the same place under the cover so it would be easier to fine tune and more consistent until the foam breaks down. Taping ala Kaye may be the best method I haven’t tried it yet.

Whatever the method the result is exactly the same, I can’t hear the difference between foam and hand mute for example so foam to foam would be even less.
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