I read a ton of reviews and forums about this tailpiece and the non-aluminum versions before purchasing. I was a little skeptical about how much improvement in tone and sustain that most reviews were claiming. However, I was surprised after I replaced the stock tailpiece on my Epiphone Explorer.
There was a boost in acoustic quality, resonance, and sustain. I could feel more string vibration in the neck and body like a previous reviewer had stated. I did notice a subtle change in the brightness of the overall tone (not enough to need to adjust my amp). To test the changes I played both with/without an amp and I used the same strings (only 2 weeks old) before and after switching the tailpiece. I will purchase another one for my Epiphone Les Paul.
This little chunk of aluminum made my humbuckers cluck like p90's. I can't get over the difference in tone coming from the stock Gibson tailpiece. It can be compared to the difference between old dry wood vs new green wood. It truly opened up the tone, the guitar is so airy and articulate now.
Those who say this tailpiece made little tone difference can be only one thing...tone deaf. Honestly.
This little $34 upgrade made a difference you can't put a price on. As cheesy as it sounds, it's true.
Pair this with a bone nut and you have found where your tone mysteriously went to. I have this paired with a roller bridge and I think they make a nice couple.
Better than the pot metal "clunker" that was on there.
After reading an opinion in TQR by a luthier I decided to try a lighter aluminum tailpiece. His premise was that the lighter tailpiece increases sustain, as the originals did. But, he felt that was only true on heavier LP's, say 9lbs. and over. In his opinion, lighter, or weight relieved models, had better results from the heavier stock tailpiece. I've installed this tailpiece on my '76 Black Beauty and my '78 Standard to good effect. They are both very heavy Pauls. And I have to say I do feel the resonance at times right in my hands. A relatively cheap upgrade for your heavier model LP's for sure. You might want to experiment if you own a weight-relieved LP of any kind. Try the aluminum vs. a standard weight tail. A fairly cheap experiment that may pay off
Between this and a Gotoh bridge, the tone on an Epiphone Dot Studio became much clearer, with better sustain. The posts screwed in fine to the existing threads.
My guitar will have a special visual...!!!
I put this on my SG 61 reissue. Nice looking and very lite. Have not noticed much sound or sustain improvements but its still a nice product.
I was amazed when I picked this up the first time. I couldn't believe how light it was. I put it right on my Les Paul and I automatically noticed loads more sustain and resonance.
good quality tailpiece and so light
with super fast delivery to scotland
i can't wait to fit this
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