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Posted by Bob Gollihur on February 02, 2001 at 09:16:04:
In Reply to: Re: re-fitting double bass tailpiece posted by aaron on February 02, 2001 at 05:27:05:
: : Can anyone help? - I need to re-fit a tailpiece to a 2Xbass and I'm not sure how it goes. At the bottom of the bass body there's a little shaped ebony (?) rib stuck onto the very bottom of the front - say>>>> 7cms X 1 cms X 1cms - there are no holes in it and it i9s slightly wedge-shaped - it looks like the tailpiece might butt up against this, or rock over it, as the underside of the tailpice is angled at the base. I'm assuming that the tailpice is wired/gut-trapped onto the wooden collar of the end pin, but what function does the little rib fulfil - is it just there as an body-edge protector or does it have a more precise function? - e.g. to allow tailpiece angled-movement, or simply to locate the tailpiece position? Why does the taipiece have an underside bevel at it lowest point - to allow some rocking? or is it just a traditional shape?
: : Would be gratful of some advice before I go ahead and string everything up - and then find I've done it all wrong!!!!
: : Thanks
: : Allan
: It's called the nut. The tailpiece wire goes over the nut. Generally there's a specific measurement between the front leading edge of the tailpiece and the bridge. It was around 7-3/4" on Kays but there are many more experts & opinions on this. Most of us, I suspect, just have a preference for whatever reason. I don't rest the rear of my tailpiece on the nut. My tailpiece is adjustable & I usually go forward a couple inches, but this is purely meaningless to anyone else. Remember the tailpiece wire loops over the end pin collar, up over the nut. Others might want to start from here on their comments.
The appropriate measure from tailpiece to bridge is generally regarded to be 1/6th the scale length (measure from nut to brige).
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