Disclaimer: I'm not endorsing this by any means, just providing a possible explanation why they might exist. Bass player of a decade, so ripped finger pads are my thing.
They may be for tonal quality that is different than what fingers provide. Similar to how a glass slide or using a pick/fingers provide different tambres (I believe that is the right word) so that you can expand the range and style of music. Metal bassists usually use picks because it's more punchy and aggressive than fingers (obviously not 100% the case, but as an example).
@Amriorda, there was a kid in my Orchestra class when I was in elementary school. He was the only bass player(not the same instrument, but not the point) and he always had band-aids on his fingers from all the cuts he got from playing the bass
@Super GingerBoy, that crazy. O.O I know I used to have to change my pad placement when I started playing because it would just bruise and welt up super bad.
@Amriorda, but do they have to look like crocs?
@Amriorda, I would believe that, if the strings weren’t multicolored, likely to help a beginner remember which string was which
@idontno96, I suppose that is fair. It was just a suggested potential for their existence. They may just be for kids or new learners.
@Amriorda, yeah, I’d be willing to try them.
BTW because god hates musicians that word is spelled “timbre” (pronounced tam-burr for those who don’t know)
Build up the callous like a real strings player!
Only if you're Tony Iommi
@BM Fahrtz, Hell yeah! BLACK SABBATH
@BM Fahrtz, right on!
Whatever happened to just putting super glue on your fingers?
The only argument I’ve heard for these that I agree with is people who have had their fingers injured in some way and playing is too painful without the caps (example: having your fingertips cut off in an accident) otherwise I think they’re just training wheels you should eventually grow out of.
@wrongway, bitch mode*