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May 28, 2024 - 7:28:42 PM
11 posts since 12/30/2017

I've recently acquired a 5 string Oettinger style tailpiece and am trying to determine it's age/manufacture. Any thoughts and input is appreciated! Thank y'all!


May 29, 2024 - 7:32:11 AM



8941 posts since 11/28/2003

Looks like a relatively recent (high quality) reproduction. Perhaps made by ABM in Germany. I think there were available into the 2010s. Lyndon bespoke Banjo in the UK makes a very similar tailpeice now. I have a brass one on a custom banjo.

The original Oettingers from the 1920s had different style string guides at the end of the fingers. Notice in the photo below how the guide posts at the end of the fingers point in different directions on the original 1920's Oettinger.


Edited by - jbalch on 05/29/2024 07:33:48

May 29, 2024 - 10:56:10 AM

11 posts since 12/30/2017

Thank you for the information! I appreciate the input a lot.

May 29, 2024 - 11:02:20 AM
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1081 posts since 2/17/2005

I actually think this looks like a 1960s/70s - I have a couple like this and they're as well made as any of them ever.

May 29, 2024 - 2:48:30 PM
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1806 posts since 10/11/2004

Made by Woodhaven Industries, They made them for Salstrom banjos & lastly some for OME.

May 29, 2024 - 4:24:49 PM

11 posts since 12/30/2017

Okay thanks! Do you have an idea of which company or what years this one would have been made? Thanks!

May 29, 2024 - 4:56:57 PM

400 posts since 11/16/2011

It does appear to be made by Woodhaven as Tommy mentioned. Looks like slots at the end of the fingers, introduced later by Woodhaven. Woodhaven also made them with Oettinger style pins. They made the tailpieces for Fender too in the 60's, usually on the Concertone. The last tailpieces were sold to Ome when the Woodhaven shop closed down in 2013.

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