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Tailpieces  Dan Goodrich BTL4 Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by KingStudent (see all reviews from this person) on 4/11/2012

Where Purchased: directly from maker

Overall Comments

This is a "fingered" tailpiece with an independently movable/adjustable finger for each string. (Mine is installed on a plectrum banjo, hence 4 strings.) See http://www.4stringbanjos.com/Tailpieces/DGTensionLockWorkpage.html. Superb design *and* fabrication quality. Mine is chrome-plated. Significant points: (i) There is a small shelf or overhang that allows for correctly positioning of the tp on the tension hoop, eliminating guesswork in that regard. (ii) The adjustability is so flexible, with effects on string volume and tone ranging from subtle to distinct, that I have not yet finished exploring all the possible variations. (iii) String replacement/mounting is as easy as can be, unlike many tp's. (iv) I was concerned that it would be overly massive and heavy, overbalancing the instrument (mine is open-back), but that is not the case; the weight is just right, not too much or too little. (v) Installation is simple (despite the highly detailed instruction sheet). (vi) Indeed this tp makes it possible to adjust each string's sound separately, just as claimed. All in all a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

Overall Rating: 10

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