So the Ramsey Woody I just got came with what appears to be the original No-Knot tailpiece on it. Problem is, the flesh hoop (or whatever it is called on a plastic head) sticks out far enough to interfere with the tail piece. Hopefully this is visible in the picture. Do I just shim the mount out with a flat washer, as I see many others? Is there a better solution? Or should I just jiggle everything around until I get it where I want it, then leave it as-is?
I can see that the flange jutting out where the tailpiece bolt goes through is bent. As long as the tailpiece is not digging into the head you are OK as is. The tailpiece's job is pretty simple, an anchor to hook the strings and if it is doing that you are good to go. Myself I'd probably order a brass Hawk tailpiece from Balsam Banjo Works or a brass similar-to-the-one-you-have tailpiece from Bill Rickard in Canada. banjered
I shim with flat washers. If you can find one thick one it looks better than having to use several thin ones.
As others have said, either a few washers, or a thick spacer between the rim and the tailpiece bolt will take care of the issue.
There are also some tailpiece bolts that are longer. But the stack of washers is the quick fix.
Edited by - Bob Smakula on 11/30/2020 07:27:21
Rather than stacking metal washers, you could make a small disc out of a piece of ebony or rosewood or bone. If neatly cut and polished it could actually improve the look of the tailpiece.
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