Best tail pieces for Lp?

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  1. Bluesky

    Bluesky Premium Member

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    Refurbishing an old LP that needs some TLC. What are the best tail pieces? Nickel? Titanium? Favorite brand? Talk to me....
     
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    Pigtail for me.
     
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    paco1976 Senior Member

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    The tailpiece used to be aluminum or zinc, as far as I know.
    I changed mine from Zinc to Aluminum, no change in tone whatsoever. I very much doubt you experience any change after spending $250 in a titanium stop bar.

    They so have an influence in saddles.
     
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  4. 1981 LPC

    1981 LPC Senior Member

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    Get a regular zinc/die cast one.

    Better spend that refurb money on a good bridge. Faber is a cost effictive brand.
     
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    Happy with Faber. I reliced it a bit more than it was shipped with.

    A Faber bridge as well:

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    1981 LPC Senior Member

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    Faber locking ABR + the iNserts to replace Nashville bushings is most definitely an upgrade in terms of stability and sustain. Tone changed too for me although it's hard to describe. There's just more guitar to be heard if that makes sense at all. Like opening a window.
     
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    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    I'd like to be able to say Faber improved the tone. I cannot. I do know the bridge and mounting is rock solid unlike the shaky original.
     
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    CreamTone parts.
     
  9. northernguitarguy

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    Tailpiece isn’t something I’d go cork-sniffy over.
     
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    Happy New Year!
    May 2018 bring you some faith.
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    Philadelphia Luthier Tool & Supply.

    They sell many different permutations of tailpieces, zinc, aluminum, steel (not sure about titanium)... and most (if not all) can be had in nickel or chrome plating. And all very reasonably priced!

    I use either zinc or aluminum depending on the guitar. Meaning, I try both on the guitar in question and hear which one sounds better. I currently have 2 with aluminum and 2 with zinc, just because that’s what sounded best on each guitar. I always use nickel though (and I age it).
     
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  14. Kris Ford

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    Right on..it was thought at one time that Aluminum=upgrade..but not always the case..
     
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    Yep, it really just depends on the guitar. Let the guitar tell you which it wants, aluminum or zinc.

    The good news is, PLTS’ prices are so good that you can buy one of each for about the same price (or a even a bit less) than the cost of just one of the other guys. So it makes it easy and affordable to find out which your guitar wants/needs.
     
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    Double tap, my bad..
     
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    Yep, great parts at a greater price!!:cheers:
     
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    Wish I had seen this a few months back ...
     
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    Not too late! :D
     
  20. NorlinBlackBeauty

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    Already bought the Faber stuff above. I could have saved some coin.

    I was there some time ago - they have expanded their selection quite a bit. I have bookmarked the page for future needs though. Many thanks!
     

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