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May 4, 2021 - 9:11 AM
46 posts since 12/29/2003

Hey Hangout,

How do you string your clamshell tailpiece: underthe hinged clamshell or under the bar that is on the head?



May 4, 2021 - 9:33:36 AM

3726 posts since 5/29/2011

String it under the bar on the front.

May 4, 2021 - 9:40:12 AM
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Eric A


1144 posts since 10/15/2019

This is how I do mine, with the caveat that I only use clamshells whose construction allows me to remove that ridiculous cover and throw it away.


btw, those holes are for ball end strings, not as a place to put your strings through.

Edited by - Eric A on 05/04/2021 09:41:33

May 5, 2021 - 9:32 AM

23 posts since 5/9/2011

I put the loops on the little fingers under the clamshell and thread the strings under the bar, like it was originally designed. I like the clamshell – it keeps the ends of the strings from scratching my arm and shirt. If it rattles, put a piece of felt under the clamshell. Adjust the screw so there is little or no down pressure on the strings.

May 5, 2021 - 11:42:27 AM

11304 posts since 10/27/2006

Originally posted by bobh123us

 Adjust the screw so there is little or no down pressure on the strings.


The reason for the adjustment is to adjust the sound to where you like. Although the most common adjustment for those aiming for Earl's sound is 1/16" to 1/8" below the top of the bridge, if you want a brighter sound, then go ahead.

Do not adjust the tailpiece with the strings under tension. The tailpiece bend can suffer metal fatigue and eventually break. Loosen the strings, push the bar down and take up the slack with the screw. Don't touch the bar with your bare thumb; use a piece of cloth to lessen the chance of inducing corrosion.

May 5, 2021 - 11:50:54 AM

23 posts since 5/9/2011

Little or no down pressure to approximate the lack of down pressure from a No-Knot tailpiece typically used on clawhammer banjos, but to have the cover over the ends of the strings provided by the clamshell. If BG, then crank it down some.

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