Tailpiece attachment question

darkvoice

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I am considering this guitar, have question about what's going on with the tailpiece. There are circular pieces of plastic sheet right where tailpiece is attached to the top of guitar.

Any idea what are these for?

Thanks!

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What year is that guitar? Those just seem to be the "goof rings" that a lot of Norlin-era guitars had.
This is early 1970s LP Custom (1970-72). Are you saying those rings are normal?
 

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This is early 1970s LP Custom (1970-72). Are you saying those rings are normal?
Yes...... well..... Normal to find them on the occasional LP.... even around P90 Pickups and Minihumbuckers of the early ‘70s

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This is early 1970s LP Custom (1970-72). Are you saying those rings are normal?

Yup, pretty normal for the time. They were not a standard "feature" but a fair number of guitars had them - they are there to cover less-than-perfect finishing around the bushings.

Here's a 1970 with them...

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And The Edge's '75 famously has them...

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Also, a lot of Deluxes had a version for the pickups

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I've even seen a few "double-goofed" Deluxes before.
 
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Thank you so much for your answers, I suspected those rings were put there after modifications were done to the guitar. I am happy to hear this feature was original.
 

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Whats up with the bridge? Harmonica bridge? Where there any advantages to these?? I'm thinking more mass ??
Honestly, I think it was to allow for better intonation. They had a much longer travel than the ABR bridge. I don't think Gibson was at their best at this time placing the bridge in the correct place.. :rofl:
 
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The mid 70's S1 had the same "Harmonica" bridge.
I had one of these years ago.
Les Paul body with Flying V headstock.

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I figured it was for mass and intonation purposes .. Ugly things thats for sure!!
 

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