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Jun 6, 2019 - 7:17:36 AM
4868 posts since 10/12/2009

....is up with this "pre-war" Presto tailpiece??

And, of course....it's the only photo in the ad that you can't zoom in on or enlarge!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1926-gibson-banjo-ball-bearing-/323826864379?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276

Jun 6, 2019 - 7:44:34 AM

363 posts since 5/19/2018

RioStat - it has what appears to be flattened finger picks attached to the business end of the tail piece. For what reason...one can only wonder. Must make a nice buzzing sound.

Just to make things worse, and I’m making a guess here based on the laws of the universe, I’ll bet they are, I mean where, a nice set of pre-war Nationals.

Jun 6, 2019 - 7:50:02 AM

rcc56

USA

2129 posts since 2/20/2016

It's a rare and unique custom tailpiece, one of a kind.   wink  [creative marketing]

Jun 6, 2019 - 7:50:05 AM
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heavy5

USA

877 posts since 11/3/2016
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Wow , That is an alien Presto ! Tough to tell if the "growths" were added before plating or manufactured that way ?
I like it !

Jun 6, 2019 - 8:33:35 AM

10502 posts since 2/12/2011

Amazing how cheesey the old tailpieces are. And the new ones as well. Bob Fults is the only man in history to make a decent tailpiece. Even the top end banjos have cheap tailpieces. I don't understand this at all.

Jun 6, 2019 - 9:19:40 AM
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That's the very rare and desirable Presto "Lobster" model. They only made 6 of them. Thy're just the thing for "claw"hammer.

Edited by - G Edward Porgie on 06/06/2019 09:20:19

Jun 7, 2019 - 8:41:12 AM
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228 posts since 3/19/2015

It looks like that's the way the owner stores his picks. Notice the thumb pick in the same photo on a hook.

Jun 7, 2019 - 9:52:24 AM

jwold

USA

1059 posts since 7/21/2004

Shouldn't that resonator have binding on the upper edge as well?

Jun 7, 2019 - 12:37:11 PM
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eljimb0

Micronesia, Federated States of

1969 posts since 7/24/2007

With regards to the curious 'picks stuck under the tailpiece strings'. I have a dime in my banjo case just for that. When the (in tune) fifth string tuner knob is crossed up to the neck (in the way of your thumb when you fly from the first position to the second position) back off the fifth and slide a dime under the string at the tailpiece and it sets about 90 degrees back to be in tune.

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