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Unread 03-13-2005, 09:18 PM   #1
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What is the point of the metal thing over the pick ups on old Fenders?

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Unread 03-13-2005, 09:29 PM   #2
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If you're asking for now - its for the look.

Before, I guess Leo Fender wanted it that way - kinda like having the thumbrest on the wrong side because he thought people would want to play with their thumbs and put their fingers on that rest...
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Unread 03-13-2005, 09:30 PM   #3
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So it doesnt affect sound?
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Unread 03-13-2005, 09:35 PM   #4
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The one over the pickups doesn't, no. It was probably to keep you from hitting the pickups with the strings when you picked over the pickup. The one that was over the bridge contained string mutes to dampen the vibration of the strings a little for a certain kind of tone.
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Unread 03-14-2005, 10:47 PM   #5
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Actually, there is a tiny difference in sound. Nothing that you could notice with your ears, but something that would show up on a frequency graph.
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