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GIBSON | PARTS | BRIDGES AND TAILPIECES | TPBR-85 BRIDGE

Gibson TPBR-85

Wraparound compensated bridge/tailpiece

Some guitars fitted with this bridge

1964 Gibson Melody Maker
1966 Kalamazoo KG1
1966 Kalamazoo KG2A
1969 Gibson Melody Maker
1969 Gibson SG Special

The TPBR-85 bridge was very widely used in the 1960s, on models such as Gibson Gibson SG Special, SG Junior, SG-TV, Melody Maker, Epiphone Coronet, Olympic and Kalamazoo KG guitars; it would have been fitted to tens of thousands of guitars.

One advantage of this unit is it can be used just as a bridge, or as a combined bridge/tailpiece; as seen in the first two images below. As a tailpiece, the strings enter the neck-side, then wrap over the bridge; the ball ends of the strings are clearly visible in the second image. Many guitarists prefer this set up, even on guitars with a fitted vibrato, as a guitar with a stop tailpiece tends to stay in tune a little better. There are no saddles, but the whole bridge, can be adjusted to some extnet via the grub screws behind each post (6-32 x 3/8). Early examples were nickel plated, later chrome. Identifying this bridge/tailpiece is easy - original Gibson parts have two numbers TPBR8513 and 12809 in the cavities at either end of the bridge. Luckily, this is one of the easier vintage parts to source (see Ebay listings below). more

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Vintage Early 1960s Gibson EB-0  /  EB-2 Bass Bridge Mute

Vintage Early 1960's Gibson EB-0 / EB-2 Bass Bridge Mute

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$175

Vintage Early 1960's Gibson EB-0 / EB-2 Bass Bridge Mute
Very Good Condition Sold by a mom & pop music store in Brooklyn NY
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Gibson L6-S Natural Wood Finish w /  Bigsby Bridge - Clone

Gibson L6-S Natural Wood Finish w / Bigsby Bridge - Clone

Provo, Utah, 846**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1399

Gibson L6-S Natural Wood Finish w / Bigsby Bridge - Clone.
This is truly a one of a kind guitar, a beautiful clone of the rare and sought after Gibson L6-S made by Arirang in Korea in the 80s.
It's in great condition. Dual Humbuckers and custom Bigsby Bridge with vintage knobs. Sounds incredible, currently strung with flatwound strings.
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Vintage 1950s Gibson Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base - L-5ces, Super 400 ES175

Vintage 1950's Gibson Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base - L-5ces, Super 400 ES175

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$495

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A completely original and fantastic
Vintage Gibson 1950's thru 1960's Rosewood Archtop Bridge
This original Brazilian rosewood bridge and base is in fantastic original condition
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Vintage 1950s Gibson Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base L-5ces Super 400 ES175

Vintage 1950's Gibson Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base L-5ces Super 400 ES175

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$395

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Vintage Gibson 1950's thru 1960's Rosewood Archtop Bridge
This original Brazilian rosewood bridge and base is in fantastic original condition
Correct for the L-5CES, Byrdland, Super 400, ES-175 and any other Gibson arch tops from this era. The tone on these is INCREDIBLE! They don't make them like this anymore.
Perfect for the restoration of your vintage Gibson OR dress up... more
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Vintage 1950s Gibson Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base - L-5ces Super 400 ES175

Vintage 1950's Gibson Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base - L-5ces Super 400 ES175

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$395

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage Gibson 1950's thru 1960's Rosewood Archtop Bridge
This original Brazilian rosewood bridge and base is in fantastic original condition
Correct for the L-5CES, Byrdland, Super 400, ES-175 and any other Gibson arch tops from this era. The tone on these is INCREDIBLE! They don't make them like this anymore.
Perfect for the restoration of your vintage Gibson OR dress up... more
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Vintage 1950s Gibson Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base - L-5ces, Super 400 ES175

Vintage 1950's Gibson Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base - L-5ces, Super 400 ES175

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$395

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A completely original and fantastic
Vintage Gibson 1950's thru 1960's Rosewood Archtop Bridge
This original Brazilian rosewood bridge and base is in fantastic original condition
Correct for the L-5CES, Byrdland, Super 400, ES-175 and any other Gibson arch tops from this era. The tone on these is INCREDIBLE! They don't make them like this anymore.
Perfect for the restoration of your vintage Gibson OR dress up... more
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Vintage Gibson 1960s Les Paul JR Bridge Studs  /  Chrome

Vintage Gibson 1960s Les Paul JR Bridge Studs / Chrome

Estacada, Oregon, 970**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$139

Vintage Gibson 1960s Les Paul JR / Bridge / Stop Tailpiece Studs / Chrome (1964)
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Vintage 1961 Gibson Nickel ABR-1 Bridge Tune-a-Matic Les Paul Standard Burst SG

Vintage 1961 Gibson Nickel ABR-1 Bridge Tune-a-Matic Les Paul Standard Burst SG

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

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A fantastic and completely original
Vintage Gibson early 1960's Nickel ABR-1 Bridge
Perfect for the restoration of your early 1960's Nickel Hardware Vintage Gibson!
This vintage ABR is in great shape!
This is a rare bridge - the very first "generation" of the "wired" ABR. This bridge has it's original nickel plated brass saddels which have the same "cross hatch" mill markings that the 50's versions had. ... more
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Vintage Gibson 1960s ABR-1 Chrome Bridge Patent Number Brass 50s saddles ES335

Vintage Gibson 1960's ABR-1 Chrome Bridge Patent Number Brass 50's saddles ES335

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$345

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A fantastic and completely original
Vintage Gibson 1966 - 1969 ABR-1 Bridge
Correct for your mid to late 60's Les Paul Goldtop Standard, ES-335 or SG Standard!
Excellent condition, no sag ready to rock!
This one is cool as it has 1950's style nickel plated brass saddles!
Original thumbwheels!!!
The chrome finish has very cool vintage patina and wear
Saddles are in fantastic shape on this one, NO double ... more
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Gibson EBO Eb1 Eb2 Eb3 Bass Bridge Chrome Brass

Gibson EBO Eb1 Eb2 Eb3 Bass Bridge Chrome Brass

El Cajon, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$150

Gibson EBO Eb1 Eb2 Eb3 Bass Bridge Chrome Brass. This bridge came with a collection of vintage parts. Not sure it is original Gibson or not so please look at pictures closely. It has a few small blems. Basic bridge, no way to make small adjustment to the intonation. It looks to be chrome plated brass. Comes with the two studs pictured.
$4 49 shipping to lower 48 states only.... more
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1968 USA Gibson EBO Bass Guitar Vintage Bridge Base Part 1969 1970

1968 USA Gibson EBO Bass Guitar Vintage Bridge Base Part 1969 1970

Plano, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$225

Alloy construction , chrome finish , normal vintage wear , locking screws are in place. Very nice example nice original 60s Gibson part. Thanks for looking
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Vintage 1940s Gibson EH-125 150 Lap Steel  /  Console Guitar Bridge Cover Part

Vintage 1940s Gibson EH-125 150 Lap Steel / Console Guitar Bridge Cover Part

Plano, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$295

Alloy construction, non-magnetic, nickel finish, Weathered wear with heavy patina. Rare Gibson Part. Final two photos are for visual reference. Only this listing is for one cover as shown. Thanks for looking
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Replacement 1970s Gibson Ripper electric bass guitar bridge with studs

Replacement 1970s Gibson Ripper electric bass guitar bridge with studs

Spring Hill, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$66

Replacement 1970s Gibson Ripper electric bass guitar bridge with studs. This is an aftermarket replacement. Great condition. No damage will ship USPS priority mail
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Vintage 1950s Gibson Gold B-6 Bigsby Bridge Tailpiece - Es-345 Es-355 LP custom

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Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

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This one has been amazingly well preserved, with almost all of the gold plating intact and vibrant as ever.
Correct for your early - mid 1960's vintage Gibson ES, ... more
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Gibson Les Paul Parts Humbucker, Bridge, Tailpiece, Studs Advanced Plating

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Vero Beach, Florida, 329**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$139

Used Gibson Humbucker pickup and Advanced Plating parts. Comes with API bridge and tailpiece along with the studs and inserts.
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Wraptail Bridge Compensated SG Special Junior 1965

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Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$195

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Vintage 1960's Gibson Chrome finished Compensated wrap tailpiece
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ORGINAL VINTAGE GIBSON ABR-1 WIRELESS TUNE-O-MATIC GUITAR BRIDGE NICKEL MINTY

ORGINAL VINTAGE GIBSON ABR-1 WIRELESS TUNE-O-MATIC GUITAR BRIDGE NICKEL MINTY

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Vintage 1960s Gibson ABR-1 Bridge - Nylon Saddles - Pat No. & Foundry Mark

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1981 USA GIBSON SONEX GUITAR HUMBUCKER  Bridge PICKUP SURROUND RING 3 Screw 1982

1981 USA GIBSON SONEX GUITAR HUMBUCKER Bridge PICKUP SURROUND RING 3 Screw 1982

Plano, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$75

Bridge position, three screw pick up mount normal light vintage wear. No cracks includes screws , Fender style rubber hose and surround screws. Original vintage Gibson part. Thanks for looking
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Vtg 1942 Gibson EH-125 150 185 Lap Steel Guitar Bridge Cover Nickel Part 1943

Vtg 1942 Gibson EH-125 150 185 Lap Steel Guitar Bridge Cover Nickel Part 1943

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Brass construction, Nickel finish, normal light vintage wear , Nice condition for a 82 Year old part, includes original, mounting screws. Rare Gibson Part, Thanks for looking
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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.