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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Pre-war Presto question

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loggerhead - Posted - 01/30/2019:  11:29:24

I have a pre-war Presto which has two little “tabs” that protrude on both sides from the underneath of the tailpiece near where it angles to meet the tension hoop. I have seen these before, and have wondered what is the purpose of the tabs, and is such a tailpiece installed or set up differently from one without the tabs?

Thanks for helping me with my CBE (Continuing Banjo Education).

Edited by - loggerhead on 01/30/2019 11:30:49

plars - Posted - 01/30/2019:  12:28:27

I believe the tabs were designed for a tension hoop that was grooved. The kind that use flat hooks. Someone else with more experience will chime in.

Edited by - plars on 01/30/2019 12:29:03

The Old Timer - Posted - 01/30/2019:  12:56:42

They help you position the height of the tailpiece body above the head. Without the little tabs/feet, you can get the flat part of the tailpiece right down on the head which isn't good.

For those without the little feet, we're advised by those in the know to "float" your tailpiece body 1/8" above the tension hoop. I guess that's essentially what the little feet do.

Emiel - Posted - 01/30/2019:  14:28:26

It is indeed true, that those feet fit perfectly into a grooved tension hoop, like you see on the ball-bearing banjos.

Bobby727 - Posted - 01/30/2019:  16:31:27

Made specifically for 1925 and 1926 Gibson with ball bearing tone ring, grooved tension hoop.

loggerhead - Posted - 01/31/2019:  04:44:50

Thank you all for the “education.” I had thought that the tabbed Prestos were for grooved tension hoops, but had been confused when I saw one on a pre-war notched-hoop model.

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