Do you use your “ashtray”(bridge cover)?

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Do you use the bridge cover

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Would like to give it a try

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  4. Will never even consider

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  1. Fretting out

    Fretting out Tele-Holic

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    years ago I started to exclusively use thumb picks, because of this I don’t really palm mute anymore and have no reason to be able to rest my hand directly on the saddles.
    Sooo.... when I bought my baja I converted it to “52” specs with flathead screws,new knobs and deciding I’d like to get a bridge cover (strictly cosmetic at this point)
    After playing with the cover on I came to realize that I don’t palm mute anyhow and came to realize that I actually like playing with the cover on, now I find that it feels weird to play without the cover on.
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    How many of you tele people out there use a bridge cover?

    Did you modify your technique to accommodate this change?

    How many of you think they’re rediculous with no purpose?



    Thanks in advance for putting up with my crazy questions ;)
     
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  2. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    on my 78 , not on my 96 strats
     
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    I didn’t even think about strats, but I also use the stratocaster bridge covers too.
     
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    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I changed my MIM Standard's bridge to a vintage-style one and I got a bridge cover as well for the full effect. Really just for looks, but I like playing with it on. It's nice sometimes to have that smooth surface to rest my hand on right above the strings.

    Sometimes, though, I want to palm mute or pick closer to the saddles, so off it comes.

    I do hate how obsessed I am with wiping it down to a finger/handprint free shine each and every time I'm done playing, though.
     
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    Exactly every time after I play I always try to wipe down the cover and the control plate.
    The cover in my picture sure has too many smudges on it :(
     
  6. WingedWords

    WingedWords Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Yes. A Tele looks only half dressed without one. They sound better with a bridge cover too.

    I use my Jazzmaster bridge cover too.
     
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  7. brookdalebill

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    Nope.
     
  8. EsquireOK

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    Yes on basses.

    Yes on my CS Esquire.

    I would use them on both my AV Teles, but they don't fit the bridges (covers are too loose).

    I use them on the Strats for which I have them...except, of course, for the '54 AV, on which the cover doesn't fit (too loose).

    My AV Jaguar cover hits the strings, so I can't use it, even though I want to.

    My AV Precision and AV Jazz pickup covers both had major string contact when new (too flat – not enough arch), and had to be radically bent to make them work,

    I have no idea why every AV cover I have except the P and J bridge covers is such a straight-up lousy fit, so much so as to be unusable as stock. They got pretty much everything else so perfect on the AV line (late 2012–2017), but totally blew the covers.
     
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  9. radiocaster

    radiocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    Probably most guitars don't come with them anymore.
     
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  10. rangercaster

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    I used it as an ashtray ...
     
  11. DrPepper

    DrPepper Tele-Afflicted

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    Oh, that's what that thing is for...
     
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    stefanhotrod Tele-Meister

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    Are you serious?
     
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    Nope. Throw 'em in the parts bucket.

    I thumbpick as well and can't imagine not palm muting. To each his own!
     
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    I play with fingers, slide or flat pick and the cover on a strat or tele would severely hamper my playing in every style not being able to palm mute or have my picking hand in a comfortable position. I haven't tried using one but I imagine it would even hamper simple strumming if you cant mute the strings with your picking hand. On top of that the cover actually sits over where I pick on a tele.

    How do you manage that? Mute with your fretting hand while playing and roll the volume off when you don't want the strings ringing out at the end of every song, phrase or during a break?
     
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    I tried to use it again and again , even on my American Professional(the new style bridge) but always end up naked.

    velorex
     
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    Not being able to palm mute is not the only issue for me: with the cover on, I cannot pick close to the saddles, which I do a lot really.
    But I am curious to try it on.
     
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    I do remember I tried the new short one on my Am Pro once. I must not have liked it because its not still on there. Can’t remember why but probably has to do with the usual reasons. I do a lot of palm muting especially with how hot the pickups are there would be a lot of extra string noise. It has actually made me focus on my technique more and become less sloppy.
     
  18. unixfish

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    There needs to be a choice for "My guitar did not come with one.".

    So, unless I want to buy one to try it, it's not going to happen.
     
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  19. gaddis

    gaddis Tele-Afflicted

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    I voted no because I haven’t used my ashtray cover in many decades. But the truth of the matter is, when I got my Tele in 1968, I used the Ashtray all the time. There was no internet to tell me it was “wrong”.
     
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  20. AxemanVR

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    Besides being an aesthetic feature, I imagine it was also suppose to act as a shield from outside interference... which is probably the main reason Leo rationalized including it in his design (although I've never noticed any such improvements in that area myself).

    Anyway... "No", it gets in the way more often than not (for how I play) and frankly makes the Tele look too "upscale"...

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