Bridge covers on Telecaster

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  1. Gretev1

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    I am one of the few people who keep the bridge cover otherwise known as ashtray cover on both my Teles and my Strats.
    On Strats they prove to be an annoyance but on Teles I actually do not have an issue with them. They don‘t get in the way and I like them for cosmetic reasons.
    Why do most people remove the bridge cover from Teles? What is the issue with them? Share your thoughts...
     
  2. Deeve

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    mainly, because, palm muting, I suppose

    but, like Lucy Arnez may have said long, long ago: You do you. . .

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    I think the ashtray should still be standard issue- they look cool. Just this old man's humble opinion.
     
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    I think the reason I don't have an issue with this is because I play without a pick, only with my fingers and I mostly mute the unwanted strings with the tip of my fingers.
     
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    I dont mind them comfort wise and I dont palm mute but I do like to pick quite close to the bridge plate so I play with it off.
     
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    They look cool but they‘re a pita in real life.
     
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    I came across the idea that the bridge cover acts as a shield in the same way as the cover on the standard tele neck pickup.
    I've no evidence to offer, or opinion on that.

    I just prefer the look and since they don't get in my way I mostly leave them on. But sometimes I don't.
     
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    Ebidis Tele-Afflicted

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    Stylistic differences.

    Palm muting is not just a matter of muting unwanted strings, but using the palm to manipulate the sound, volume, and sustain of the string.

    There is no way I could play with the ashtray on my Tele.
     
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    I also use them on my tele and strats neither one bothers me,a couple years ago I switched to using a thumb pick and it caused me to not palm mute as much so I’ve been using the covers
    I think it’s good to know how to mute the strings with the left hand and different techniques


    But yes like others I’d say palm muting is the reason

    Why does it bother you on a strat? I’d think it would be the other way around bother you on a tele and not the strat
     
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    My Tele didn't come with a bridge cover (nor did any other of the Teles I've had over the years), but my Ric 360s all had bridge covers, and while I kept them for resale purposes, they all were removed. They got in the way, when I palm muted. Also, when I pick, I pick from the wrist, resting my right hand on the bridge assembly. Therefore, with the bridge cover on, I ended up resting my picking hand on top of the bridge cover. This located my picking hand up higher from the strings than I like it to be, negatively affecting my picking (I do a lot of double picking), and forcing me to put my picking hand in an awkward position, to try to get it closer to the strings.

    Considering that the Tele bridge cover is even bigger than the bridge cover that is put over a Rickenbacker, I have a feeling it would be even more awkward to deal with, than it was with my Ric 360s, so I don't miss its absence one bit.
     
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    Most players would want the option to use all the space, between the end of the fretboard and the bridge saddles, to alter the sounds they are generating-whether they pick or strum.
     
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    On and off... Now that I’ve read this thread, their goin back on.
     
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    Somebody makes half-size bridge covers, but I don't remember who.
     
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    To me ,- it feels wrong , it looks wrong , so it must be.....WRONG !
    Sorry , LOL....
     
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    Right. Maximum twang is between the front edge of the pickup and the saddles.
     
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    The ashtray went right down in the case where it has now spent the last 40 years.

    I felt that when I played and damped powerchords at high volumes it was in the way of my hand.

    Something like that.
     
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    I consider the lack of a bridge cover as evolution, in the true sense of the word; if you don't use it, then you lose it!
     
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    because it prevents some of the most fundamental skill sets for playing guitar?
     
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    I wall hang my guitars. About 6 months ago I started putting the bridge cover on while it hung on the wall just cause I like the look of it. But for playing it has to come off. When I'm finished playing and hang it back up putting the bridge cover back on is just the routine of putting it away.
     
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    Definitely on team ashtray. I'm looking to get a 6-string tele so I can use the standard ashtray and try that out for a while.
     
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