- GOTOH GE101A
- Brand New and in original GOTOH packaging
- Lightweight... about 1oz.
- See pictures for the dimensional drawing of the item
- Includes mounting studs(M8 x 1.25 metric) and bushing
The aluminum tailpieces weigh 1/4 that of the zinc and produce a much different sound. They transfer vibrations differently, resulting in a woodier, more airy vintage tone - richer, rounder mids but with more upper harmonics as well. Back in the '50s, Gibson used aluminum for their stop bar tailpieces. For whatever reason, they switched to zinc, which is still used today on all but the historic line.
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Upgraded epiphone 59 limited edition les Paul with this and the gotoh bridge. The piece is clean and accurate, fits very well. The posts are an improvement and can (should) be used. The finish is brighter than stock pieces (tarnish) so mismatch in color with stock bridge if not replacing both. I notice a nicer (warmer) tone right off the bat when strumming chords unplugged. The guitar sounds more musical unplugged to my ears and has a bit less of the wire biting sound. I believe the resonance transfers to the body a bit more. Definitely recommend along with the gotoh brass bridge upgrade (ditch that rattle from the retaining wire). I was pleasantly surprised after adding this piece weeks after upgrading the bridge.
Quality product. Fits my Greco LP perfect. Thanks Philadelphia Luthier Tools.
Installed this tailpiece during a makeover of a Harley Benton 550 LP-alike. Stock bridge and tailpiece were made in China and you can buy the set in lots of 100 for $0.89 US per set.
Once this tailpiece and the inexpensive roller bridge with M8 posts (available here) were installed, the guitar was acoustically louder with no amplification, and both sustain and tone were noticeably improved. Did not expect this excellent result. Thanks Philadelphia!
Purchased this tailpiece to replace the stock tailpiece on an Ibenez AS153. The posts and tailpiece were a perfect fit. The result was a distinct improvement in appearance and slightly better tone and easier string changes.