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Feb 24, 2024 - 5:39:29 PM
40 posts since 6/9/2023

What difference does going from a No Knot to something like this make?



Feb 24, 2024 - 5:57:27 PM
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229 posts since 12/9/2018

I just did a string change and swapped out a No Knot for a Brooks Banjos tailpiece.
The extra bit of down pressure behind the bridge adds some pop and a little better note separation/ clarity.
I’ve experienced the same with the Hawktail and assume similar designs would get similar results.

Feb 24, 2024 - 7:18:58 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


27870 posts since 6/25/2005

And Kerschners will give even more pop and separation. It’s all a matter of the sound you want.

Feb 25, 2024 - 7:01:26 AM
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4814 posts since 10/13/2005

Ditto above. My favorite is the discontinued Fielding tailpiece which is similar to the Pisgah Hawktail tailpiece. I have both but I prefer . the Fielding look with its rounded corners, but more importantly the posts on the Fielding are ever so slightly further apart which allows me to use the fatter strings Aquila Minstrel Nylgut strings. The Pisgah is perfectly fine for steel strings. Gold Tone is making a Fielding copycat but the posts stick our much further, haven't tried them out personally. The Fielding is very smoothed out, no sharp edges to cut into the softer Nylgut strings. banjered

Feb 25, 2024 - 7:16:07 AM
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Eric A


1870 posts since 10/15/2019

The more "reach" a tailpiece has toward the bridge, the more pop and clarity you get, in my experience. I think mass has an effect as well. Or it may just be that the longer the tailpiece, the more it tends to weigh and visa versa. You just need to find what sounds best to your own ear. Maximum length and mass are not necessarily to everyone's taste, but a little something is always an improvement over a No-Knot as far as I'm concerned.

So, basically agreeing with all the guys above.

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