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Oct 19, 2021 - 6:59:02 PM
6 posts since 9/26/2013

Hi -- the tailpiece on my old tenor broke (see attached pic).

I found the Golden Gate P-117, which looks about right, but I can't find the dimensions listed anywhere:

My impression is that for most banjos these just hang off the rim (obviously tensioned by a lug), so that the dimension shown in my attached image isn't crucial to match, but for my banjo the old tailpiece actually rested on a part of the frame.

Meaning, if the new tailpiece is taller than that, it will be standing off the head awkwardly. I know you can adjust the angle of the tailpiece fan, but still...

As shown in the image, mine is about .965" from the base of the tailpiece to the top of the rim. How tall are the Golden Gate tailpieces in this same sense?

Thanks for any input!

Oct 19, 2021 - 7:00:50 PM

6 posts since 9/26/2013

Hmm... photo doesn't seem to be uploading. Try here:

Oct 20, 2021 - 2:57:55 AM
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Oct 20, 2021 - 5:04:24 AM
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Eric A


1339 posts since 10/15/2019

I measured one of the ones you are looking at. I think it's just a hair shorter, about 29/32", or roughly .91"

Oct 20, 2021 - 6:55:54 AM



22513 posts since 7/6/2005

It doesn't matter. Use what you can get. Waverly or Presto style would be easiest. If you look at pictures of Wilson Bros banjos, they used anything. It's like tires on your car.

Oct 20, 2021 - 9:20:59 AM

514 posts since 5/29/2015

The one consideration is that alignment of the hole at the bottom of the tailpiece with the hole that bolt will go through on the banjo. There are two different geometries. One (like yours) is close to the rim, the other geometry has the bolt standing out from the rim. The latter is associated with resonator banjos with flanges. These tailpieces often have an L shaped bracket where the hole is positioned. You do not want the latter. Just get a 5 string tailpiece like the one you already have and use the four outside string posts.

Oct 20, 2021 - 10:07:30 AM

6 posts since 9/26/2013

Thanks everyone -- and especially to Eric for the measurement!

A local friend has some tailpieces I'm going to check out... Will update here how everything goes.

Edited by - rattletrapper on 10/20/2021 10:08:22

Oct 28, 2021 - 5:24:37 PM
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6 posts since 9/26/2013

Got the Golden Gate P-117 and it fit just fine. Not any room to spare, but it's the perfect height, so no issues. I used the lug from my banjo, rather than the one that came with the P-117, and that also worked out fine. Thanks everyone for the advice.

Edited by - rattletrapper on 10/28/2021 17:25:58

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