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Bridge covers on Telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Gretev1, Apr 9, 2020.

  1. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's

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    I like the look, but yeah, it gets in the way of palm muting (which is not really about muting strings you don't want ringing out at a given moment).
     
  2. Paulie_Boy

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    Fewer people smoke cigarettes these days, so less need for the ashtray. Perhaps Fender should consider a bridge pipe?
     
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  3. Antoon

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    The cover may look good but it greatly limits the possibilities of the instrument.
     
  4. JL_LI

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    I use the bridge cover on my CS '69 Strat. I like the way it looks and it keeps my shirt sleeves from unintentionally muting strings. I never found the same muting issues on my Telecaster, probably because I pick closer to the bridge, but I'm thinking of trying to find one for cosmetic reasons.
     
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  5. Fiesta Red

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    I play with the ashtray in place on my Telecaster, my Stratocaster and my 72RI Telecaster Deluxe (a hardtail Strat bridge, so it’s essentially a Strat bridge plate).

    None of them get in my way, but I can understand how some people would feel that way.


    I use the same technique. If the song (for some reason) absolutely requires that I pick closer to the bridge, I’ll remove the ashtray on my main Telecaster or I’ll play my Strat or Tele Deluxe—neither of which require that I take the bridge plate off to play that far back.
     
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  6. mjstamos

    mjstamos Tele-Holic

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    If you want to palm mute just out it on over the saddles that's what I do. Looks a little weird but works great!
    [​IMG]
     
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  7. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I use it to cover my Tele’s private parts. Can’t be seen in public like that, crack and all. But when it’s business time, well the cover comes off. Ask your parents about the rest.

    (Isolation Time: 4 weeks, 1 day)
     
  8. MilwMark

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    Looks dumb (opinion).

    Hinders function (fact).
     
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    How am I supposed to get a great big grub screw callus on my hand with one of those things there?
     
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    After seeing this I had to try it. The suckers still in the way. Forces the hand too far forward to properly mute.
     
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  11. bettyseldest

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    Do new Tele's come with one? I've never bought one new, and the only Tele (of eleven currently in the "herd") I have with one was a cheap partscaster I bought used for £70 a few years ago.
     
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  12. daddyplaysbass

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    I keep mine on my Jazz Bass; looking for one for my P-Bass
     
  13. Fenderdad1950

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    My best memory of them is that I always rested my hand on them, which led to me getting lazy on stage:(which led to me falling asleep:cry:which always started people throwing beer bottles at me to wake me up:eek: Think I'll pass on them
     
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    I've only ever owned 2, and that was when I had an AV52, and later on an AV64. I tried them out, but palm muting was impossible for me, so they just sat in the case.
     
  15. Digiplay

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    Hey Tonetele!

    Please respond to my new Thread called:

    Share your thoughts on the basis of the love of Vintage Guitars/Gear


    I believe you would help strengthen my observation :)
     
  16. gobi_grey

    gobi_grey Tele-Afflicted

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    I strum and pick all up in that nether region. It's in the way.
     
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    I don‘t know if all new Teles come with one but definitely all Custom Shop „hitoric“ Teles come with one. Say you purchase a CS 1951 Nocaster or a 52 Tele, then yes they‘re all outfitted with an ashtray as would be historically accurate.
     
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  18. EsquireOK

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    I can play with or without them.

    They’re actually helpful to me on Strats. Easy to palm mute around, and keeps me from pressing much on the bridge. And looks 100X better.

    I don’t mind them on Teles either. I learned to play with them in place. The bridge covers of my ‘02 CS Esquire and its backup guitar are on a lot of the time.

    However, the bridge cover on my AV ‘58 Tele is nowhere close to fitting the bridge. It’s 1/8” too wide to clamp the bridge lip! I imagine the same issue on my AV ‘64, so I haven’t even bothered to try it yet. AV ‘54 and ‘65 Strats: similar issue. The cover is too wide to clamp the saddles. AV ‘58 P and ‘64 J? Pickup covers are way too short, and interfere with the strings. AV ‘65 Jaguar? Bridge cover contacts the strings.

    Something went terribly wrong when they redesigned the bridge and pickup covers in 2012. None of them fit right IME.
     
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    Why? Quote, ‘on Strats they prove to be an annoyance’, unquote.
     
  20. Wrighty

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    My AmPro Tele came with one. Tried it but, after years of going without, just couldn’t get on with it.
     
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