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Feb 4, 2023 - 1:39:35 PM



476 posts since 1/5/2007

Any recommendations on a replacement tailpiece for an opt back tenor banjo? And? How much effect on sound does the tailpiece have?

Thanks for your thoughts and help in my banjo education.

Feb 4, 2023 - 1:57:30 PM

3082 posts since 12/4/2009


Tailpieces give multiple benefits in tone and stability. Purcha tailpieces are fine. Stamped are too noisy. Solid is better.

Feb 4, 2023 - 3:03:53 PM



1313 posts since 11/30/2015

What tuning? What type of music? What banjo?

Feb 4, 2023 - 4:00:40 PM



476 posts since 1/5/2007

Thanks for asking. I should have included more details: CGDA, traditional jazz, Goldtone “Custom Tenor.” Openback banjo. My guess is that the pot is maple but it is stained dark and hard for me to identify the wood. I’ll post a few photos in my next post.

Feb 5, 2023 - 7:28:57 AM



476 posts since 1/5/2007

Here is a photo of the current tailpiece. Keep or replace? It does what it is supposed to do: holding the loop ends of the strings. Will another tailpiece in any way improve the tone, i.e. louder crisper, mellower, etc.

Thanks for any thoughts.


Feb 5, 2023 - 8:06:19 AM

10372 posts since 8/28/2013
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That is a rather simple tailpiece with no orlimited adjustment capabilities. It might be possible to get better tone with something longer that can be raised or lowered to add or subtract downforce on the bridge, which could change the tone.

That said, this one works, as you say, and if youare satisfied in other ways, there may be no real reason to change.

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