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tailpiece placement

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by JAS, Feb 20, 2002.

  1. JAS


    Jul 3, 2001
    My tailpiece is off to the G string side of the bass. Is the wire supposed to be centered, or can it be pretty much any where? does this effect the tension or boyancy of the strings? If i center it wher it once was, it seems as if the strings feel tighter than when i put the tailpiece and the wire over to the side.
  2. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com

    Mar 22, 2000
    New Joisey Shore
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music

    To my knowledge it should be centered. Though usually it is the higher the wires are (saddle height) the less the apparent tension, so that's a puzzle.

    (NOT a luthier but would play one on TV if somebody asked him)
  3. Andrew_S.


    Jul 24, 2001
    Flagstaff, AZ
    That seems strange to me as well. Is your bridge centered? I don't see how the tail piece could be askewed if the bridge were centered.
  4. jimclark68


    Dec 16, 2000
    Morganton, NC
    Is your tailpiece wire solid, or flexible cable? If it is wire, could the wire be bent?
  5. JAS


    Jul 3, 2001
    my taipiece wire is flexible and the bridge is centered. so the wire is just off to the side.