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Re: re-fitting double bass tailpiece

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Posted by Phil Hughes on February 22, 2001 at 11:27:55:

In Reply to: Re: re-fitting double bass tailpiece posted by Reed on February 04, 2001 at 23:05:15:

Reply from Phil:
Having just replaced the tailwire on my bass I was told to adjust the tailpiece equall distance from the bottom of the fingerboard to the bridge, My bass with the bridge properly centered over the F holes is about 8 inches from the fingerboard and so I adjusted the tailpiece to be the same distance from the bridge. I found the soundpost on my bass (1957 German) likes to be not quite the thickness of the soundpost behind the right foot of the bridge.
Good Luck

: : : 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.

: Hmmm, I have to disagree on this point. The Saddle is located at the bottom of the instrument,that's what the tailpiece wire goes over, and it serves to reinforce the top table, which would most probably crack if the full tension of the strings were applied to it. The nut is at the top of the neck. The reason for the position (or length) of the tailpiece wire is to equalize the distance of the tailpiece to the bridge and has quite an effect on the intonation of the instrument.Many basses use steel cable instead of tailpiece wire, which is more adjustible and flexible.

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