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Jun 13, 2024 - 1:02:32 PM
2 posts since 6/13/2024

I have a stock design 1 piece resonator tailpiece that is strung under the front lip, muted with a slotted rubber shim on the lip, and still seems to add a rattly distortion to the tone of the bass strings. Would there be any advantage or disadvantage to using a well reinforced short trapeze tailpiece as found on archtop guitars? Thanks in advance for any shared experiences and opinions.-KL

(I vaguely recall seeing a photo of some vintage Opry picker with such a setup..)

Jun 13, 2024 - 2:18:26 PM

2537 posts since 8/3/2008

Sounds like the guitar might well need a setup. Guitars should not need to be understrung to be played. (at all)



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Jun 13, 2024 - 2:44 PM

4768 posts since 7/27/2008

What Howard wrote. 

And switching out to a different style tailpiece isn't necessarily a fix, provided the current tailpiece looks normal and is in good condition. 

Jun 13, 2024 - 9:58:06 PM

1215 posts since 9/29/2009

Are the saddles tall enough?

Jun 14, 2024 - 5:20:38 AM
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Tom Jr.

USA

597 posts since 7/28/2008

I put an Allen cast tailpiece on mine and like it. They have significant mass to them.

allenguitar.com/tpcs.htm

There are several RS models that show them being on a resonator guitar in the ad picture.

Jun 14, 2024 - 10:01:08 AM

4768 posts since 7/27/2008

Weird thing about Allen tailpieces - beautiful piece of work, you'd think once you put it on the guitar it's done, it will take it up another notch - but for whatever reason they don't "take" for some players and we've seen them come up for sale occasionally on  used market. 

Jun 14, 2024 - 10:16:58 AM

4768 posts since 7/27/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Kslide47



(I vaguely recall seeing a photo of some vintage Opry picker with such a setup..)


You are likely thinking of Brother Oswald's prewar Model 27 known as "Herman" that he bought in the late 1940's from Shot Jackson, who had done some repairs on it, and it had a Stella tailpiece. Why Shot put that on there it is unlikely we'll ever really know. My guess is because Dobros were out of production from the beginning of WWII until the late 1950's, so finding a replacement Dobro tailpiece in the late forties might have been like a needle in a haystack. 


 

Jun 14, 2024 - 11:13:28 AM

2 posts since 6/13/2024

Brother Oswald ! Armed and ready with the instruments, hat, bibs, gold chain, and that "sharing the joy of music" smile. Thank you for that great photo.

I can't tell if that tailpiece is hinged or fixed, but it certainly looks like it belongs there. The image I'm remembering was with a "Gibsony" looking short hinged trapeze. I'm studying my setup details, and hope to respond to other forum member's experienced observations soon. -KL

Jun 14, 2024 - 11:17:53 AM
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WGale

USA

63 posts since 4/15/2022

quote:
Originally posted by Tom Jr.

I put an Allen cast tailpiece on mine and like it. They have significant mass to them.

allenguitar.com/tpcs.htm

There are several RS models that show them being on a resonator guitar in the ad picture.


I use the Allen tailpiece and love it.

Jun 15, 2024 - 4:40:31 PM

1215 posts since 9/29/2009

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