- Aluminum Tailpiece
- Made in the USA - not a Genuine Gibson® part
- Lightweight vintage design - weight is about 1.2 oz.
- Plated aluminum alloy
- Does not include mounting studs or bushings
- Tailpiece ear thickness is .290"(7.4mm)
These are made to fit USA Gibson® guitars and might not fit all imports guitars. example - most Gibson guitars have 5/16"(8mm) clearance on the studs. PLEASE CHECK BEFORE ORDERING!
The aluminum tailpieces weight 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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These guys are faster than light, they emailed me that the item had been shipped 1 hour after I completed my international order! !!! I had it in 3 days unbelievable.
It fit perfectly on my 1991 Gibson les Paul, it weights 4 times less than the original so now the guitar is properly a medium weight, and is also much more balanced when I play seated, that is, I have to really angle it before it starts pivoting. In my opinion the sound has improved it has a bit of an acoustic quality to it now, even when I play the guitar dry. In conclusion, one of my best purchase EVER I only wish I got this little piece of 'gear' 30 years ago. Thank You Philadelphia!
I used this as a wrap around bridge, fits perfectly and brightens up my LP. Intonation was good.
I've always a bit of a skeptic when it comes to these kinds of tone enhancing aftermarket parts. But decided to give these light aluminium TPs a try (even bought 2 at the same time!) and low & behold, the difference both sound & weight was immediately noticeable, and in a good way! So light & so 'open' sounding. Even put one on my prized 1969 SG Standard (originally had a bixby, replace by a stopbar TP in the 80s) and am glad I did.
Perfect fit on 1991 les paul cleaned up sound
I like to top wrap some of my Les Paul's. This is a perfect replacement so you don't damage the original tailpiece.
There is a massive weight difference between this and the OEM tailpiece on Gibson USA guitars (not talking about HIstoric Reissues). This is also just slightly smaller (narrower and not as tall) as the OEM part, but the ears for the studs are the correct measurement so it fits perfectly on a Gibson, and unless you see them side-by-side you won't notice the size difference at all. I can't speak to any tonal changes because I also changed my bridge and electronics at the same time.
I had read numerous reviews about the benefits of installing an aluminum tailpiece to your guitar. After looking at various vendors I came upon the offering from Philadelphia Luther. The price was significantly less that others and I figured I'd give it a try.
I'm so glad I did!
I purchased this for my 2007 Gibson Les Paul Standard and I immediately noticed a tonal difference. Not to mention the weight was like night and day compared to the zinc one factory installed. I'm sure the other vendors' tailpiece are just as good but the price to value ratio on the one from Philadelphia Luther is out of this world.
Don't wait...order one now and hear the choir of angels come out of your axe!
I purchased two of these and found them to improve the treble in my two LPs. (Maybe another was to say this is that they changed the character of the midrange of either guitar?) Anyway, recently I purchased a 2018 Gibson LP(SG)Jr. and found that it's TP is stamped 'Allied Plating US' and - although I thought that both TPs were the same 'Gibson Historic' TP, one branded and one not - I realize they are not the same piece. The one that is marked 'Allied Plating' is a bit heavier than the one I purchased from PL. I can also see that the 'hump' of the Allied TP is higher than on the PL piece. So call me confused, but there must be two manufacturers of Gibson style aluminum TPs in the US? I'm not unhappy, just confused and would still suggest trying this unbranded TP.