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Tailpieces  Rowe Paintsville Adjustable Tailpiece Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by enzogarcia (see all reviews from this person) on 6/6/2011

Where Purchased: http://www.rowemusicparts.com

Overall Comments

I perform mostly solo and play an Ome Juggernaut with a custom longneck. I commissioned Larry Cohea to uniquely craft a neck with the fifth string peg located at the fifth fret as opposed to the eighth fret which is the convention on longneck banjos. This allows me to seamlessly transfer my melodic style knowledge from my standard five string to the longneck as well as tune the instrument down to open D tuning which is better for accompanying my voice. For that low tuning I use heavy gauged strings - 13, 16, 18, 26w, 13.

I use 4 Keith tuners and play some compositions that employ all 4 in the course of a tune. I went from the 80's Ome tailpiece to a Price SL5 to the Fults 34Parallel with the XYZ mount to the Paintsville Adjustable.

My particular instrument set up presents unusual and unfair challenges to standard tailpieces which are designed for more conventional set ups. All of my previous tailpieces were excellent but the Paintsville Standard exceeds excellence.

When using the Keith D tuners with my heavy gauge strings, longneck set up I have attained the best results with the Paintsville Standard. The design is such that each string has its own independent tailpiece and detuning one string has no effect, at least in the tailpiece, on the tuning of the other strings. Previously, I had achieved the best results with the Fults. But, on the Fults, the 2nd and 3rd strings pass under the same "reed" and detuning one string effects the other's tuning. This is no issue for the Paintsville Standard. Also, I have a piece I play where I detune my 4th string down to D from A. With all of my previously owned tailpieces, this would send my 5th string way out of tune and my 3rd string out as well. This is quite understandable because both the tailpiece and bridge are effected by the changing tension of the strings when using the Keith tuners. Again, the Paintsville Adjustable's design shines in this situation for detuning one string has no effect on any other string. Now when I detune my 4th string down a fourth from A to D and back to A, my banjo sounds a lot sweeter and in tune than it previously did with any of the other tailpieces.

I believe that the Paintsville Adjustable is the best sounding and performing tailpiece that I have had on my banjo. I would say that it is the new benchmark by which all other tailpieces should be judged but given it's completely different design, that just wouldn't be fair. The Paintsville Adjustable is in it's own category.

Overall Rating: 9

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