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Details of bridge/tailpiece used on vintage Gibson guitars

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1950s

Gibson TPBR-80, stop tailpiece

Gibson TPBR-80 Gibson TPBR-80 Gibson TPBR-80
Gibson TPBR-80 Gibson TPBR-80

The TPBR-80 stop tailpiece (without screws). As used from the 1950s initially on the Gibson Les Paul, but later the ES-345-TD, and as the decades passed, many, many more. more.

1960s

Gibson TPBR-85, or compensated wraparound bridge/tailpiece

Gibson TPBR-85 used as a bridge in conjunction with a vibrola Gibson TPBR-85 used as a combined bridge/tailpiece Gibson TPBR-85 with mounting bolts
Gibson TPBR-85 underside view Gibson TPBR-85 underside view showing model designation markings

The TPBR-85 (Tail Piece BRidge) bridge can either be used just as a bridge, or as a stop tailpiece, as seen in the first two images. As a tailpiece, the strings enter the neck-side, then wrap over the bridge. This simple bridge has no individually moveable saddles, but there are grub screws allow the whole bridge, or just one side to be adjusted slightly. Early versions were nickel plated, later they were chrome. Note the markings on the bridge underside - the Gibson part number TPBR8513 and 12809. As used throughout the 1960s on Gibson SG Special, SG Junior, SG-TV, Melody maker and Kalamazoo KG guitars more.

1980s

Gibson three-point top-adjust "tune-o-matic"

Gibson top-adjust bridge in situ Gibson top-adjust bridge, top side and underside views Gibson top-adjust bridge mounting thumb nuts
Gibson top-adjust bridge in situ side view, demonstrating the slanted top Thumb wheel post holes Gibson top-adjust bridge saddles

Gibson part number 80087 (chrome) and 80088 (gold). As used in the early 1980s on the Gibson Victory MV2 and MV10. This very cleverly designed bridge had a number of very useful and highly innovative features: easily adjustable intonation, easy bridge repositioning, easily changed saddles, and a slanted top to allow tailpiece height to be set right down against the wood. It is very surprising that this design was not more widely adopted.

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