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    Default 1916 A tailpiece

    Were there any variations of tailpieces on early A’s? I’ve snagged an old A with an “armrest” style tailpiece, for lack of a better term. I assume this was a replacement at some point.
    Who makes an affordable correct “the Gibson” reproduction?
    (I still can’t post photos from my iPad or iPhone)

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    Oct 2006
    Silver Spring, MD

    Default Re: 1916 A tailpiece

    I’m sure several of us could point you to this Gibson replica tailpiece from Prucha, it is a good one. Plenty of original tailpieces are available at a higher cost if you watch the classifieds here.


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    Teacher, luthier
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Southeast Tennessee

    Default Re: 1916 A tailpiece

    To answer the question about variations in Gibson tailpieces in the 1910's, I believe that all Gibson models made in 1916 were shipped with the same tailpieces. The Prucha reproduction Mark linked you to is your best bet unless you want to spend a lot more for an original; or you can use a plain unengraved tailpiece with the same shape, available from several sources for $15 - $20.

    Earlier Gibsons used what is known as a "pineapple" tailpiece. These are replaced by the style shown in Mark's picture around 1910 or so. And some of the budget models, such as the Army/Navy and A-Jr., used a "clamshell" tailpiece, but these models did not start to become available until a year or two after your mandolin was built. By the 1930's, the clamshell tailpieces become common on many models.
    Last edited by rcc56; Jun-17-2021 at 4:54pm.

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