I've seen very few Strat's, or Tele's, with the bridge cover on them. I've often wondered why.
Anyone with any thoughts, opinions, information, history, or anything at all to say about the "ashtray" bridge covers, please chime in.
Back in the early days, palm muting wasn't a really big thing. The Ventures seemed to do it in "Wipe Out" but I think that was it. Everybody else was country-ish, clean and ringy. Rickenbacker bridges come with a cover on most of theirs I think.
Originaly the mechanics of the bridge and pickups were considered ugly by manufacturers . Chrome covers were purely decorative. Nearly every guitar/Bass player promptly whipped them off. In these retro themed timed lots of young players seem to like them on but when I started out mine, like most people's went straight in a drawer and stayed there. The guy I sold my first Strat to didnt even want it!