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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: 8 string tailpiece supplier

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delorget - Posted - 12/16/2020:  11:51:50

Just acquired an '84 Dobro brand 8 string that needs a new tailpiece. It was fitted with a 12 string guitar trapeze tailpiece, which is an abomination, imho. Tried the usual folks like Reso Outfitters, Stew Mac, Ebay, even Allen Guitars.. all without any luck. Anyone here with any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

MarkinSonoma - Posted - 12/16/2020:  12:09:23

No photo on their website, but Gold Tone has a page listing tailpieces including 8 string. Worth a shot:

jacknj - Posted - 12/16/2020:  12:25:22

Years ago I had Dick Deneve modify a trapeze style tailpiece for my 8-strng by adding 2 extra holes.

delorget - Posted - 12/16/2020:  13:10:41

Thanks for the tip.. I placed an order, we will see what happens..

JC Dobro - Posted - 12/16/2020:  15:49:12

Sounds like you’re all set.

Just FYI, the Allen RS-2 tailpiece works for 6, 7, or 8-strings, based on how they’re designed. Perhaps they were out of stock? Pricey, but many folks swear by these.

lakeview - Posted - 12/16/2020:  19:55:12

Tailpieces definitely affect tone (as do different coverplates) . I had a significant improvent using Allens including and specifically on my 8 string (which had a trapeze).

MarkinSonoma - Posted - 12/17/2020:  16:31:32

And other folks put Allen tailpieces on their guitar, perceive a change in tone they're not happy with, and the Allen goes up for sale. 

I actually have a National aka Nati-horn coverplate that I purchased when I toured National on the California Central Coast some time back, I wanted the detachable palmrest for my Clinesmith, but I still haven't gotten around to making the switch. When I do, I'll keep my ears fully open for any change in tone. 

delorget - Posted - 12/17/2020:  16:57:33

Thanks for your input.. Gold Tone tailpiece shipped today, and I finally heard back from Allen Guitars today.  So, I'll give the GT a chance.. probably will last longer than my interest with an 8 string.  Been playing 6 strings for an awfully long time... should be interesting..

SamCy - Posted - 12/19/2020:  09:33:08

The Gold tone import 8-string tailpiece has evenly spaced holes and is made of steel, while the Beard 8-string is a modified brass 6-string tailpiece. So the import may actually be a better choice.


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