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Details of bridge/tailpiece used on vintage Gibson guitars

1950s Gibson bridges / tailpieces

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 bridges / tailpieces

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.

1970s Gibson bridges / tailpieces

Gibson wide-travel 'Harmonica' tune-o-matic bridge

Gibson wide-travel tune-o-matic fitted to the L6S Custom
Gibson wide-travel tune-o-matic fitted to the Gibson Marauder
Gibson wide-travel tune-o-matic mounting posts
Gibson wide-travel (harmonica) tune-o-matic removed from guitar
Gibson wide-travel (harmonica) tune-o-matic underside view
Gibson wide-travel (harmonica) tune-o-matic from the 1977 Gibson replacement parts catalog

The Schaller wide-travel bridge first appeared on Gibson guitars towards the end of 1971, starting with the Les Paul Recording model, and soon followed by the SG Custom, Standard and Special from 1973. From then on, it became the standard bridge on all newly launched solid body and thinline models up until 1975: the Les Paul Signature, ES-325TD, L5S, L6S, Marauder and S-1. Towards the end of the seventies, many of these guitars were given other bridges, but the Marauder, S-1 and L6S kept the wide-travel tune-o-matic right through the course of their productions, into the early 1980s. more.

1980s Gibson bridges / tailpieces

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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Original 1921 Gibson Style A Mandolin Tailpiece Cover Plate  Consignmart L@@@@@K

Original 1921 Gibson Style A Mandolin Tailpiece Cover Plate Consignmart L@@@@@K

Hawleyville, Connecticut, 064**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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vintage Gibson mini humbucker pickup set, bridge and neck. 1972 EMBOSSED logo

vintage Gibson mini humbucker pickup set, bridge and neck. 1972 EMBOSSED logo

Moorhead, Minnesota, 565**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


vintage Gibson mini humbucker pickup set, bridge and neck. 1972 EMBOSSED logo. In working condition with values written on backside
These came to me in a box of guitar parts at an estate sale. They really should go to someone getting their 1971-72 era classic back together-as opposed to my whacky builds / restos. I believe the rare part of these to be the embossed logo chrome covers. Do your own research, but while you might find them on a '71 or '73, (embossed logo) most were ... more
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Gibson SG 1979 Vintage W Bigsby Tremolo All Mahogany

Gibson SG 1979 Vintage W Bigsby Tremolo All Mahogany

Capitola, California, 950**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This Gibson SG electric guitar is a vintage 1979 model with a Bigsby tremolo and all-mahogany body. The guitar has 22 frets, a rosewood fretboard, and solid body type in a brown color. It comes with a hard case and is right-handed. The neck material is mahogany, and the string configuration is 6-string. The guitar is part of the Gibson SG series and brand, and it is perfect for vintage guitar enthusiasts. The model year is 1979, and it is a great addition to any collection
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1970s Gibson Chrome Stop Tailpiece (KL77)

1970's Gibson Chrome Stop Tailpiece (KL77)

Greenwood, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This listing is for one (1) 1970's Gibson stop tailpiece in Chrome. Has wear on the top. It is not lightweight. Sold as is.
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1969 1970 Gibson SG Standard Vintage Guitar Maestro Vibrola Angus AC / DC

1969 1970 Gibson SG Standard Vintage Guitar Maestro Vibrola Angus AC / DC

Noblesville, Indiana, 460**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Selling my 1969 / 1970 Gibson SG Standard Large Guard Electric Guitar.
Has been set up professionally and plays and sounds wonderful! It did have other tuners on it but correct conversion bushings have been installed and original correct tuners back on
No neck breaks ever!
Neck is a medium slim shaped neck
I can get you specs if you are very interested in the guitar
New nut has been installed. The pickups have been replaced with aged Manlius T-Top pickups that sound awesome. ... more
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Vintage Bigsby Vintage Tremolo Guitar Part Gibson Kay Harmony

Vintage Bigsby Vintage Tremolo Guitar Part Gibson Kay Harmony

Nicholasville, Kentucky, 403**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Bigsby Style Tailpiece. Please feel free to ask any questions

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Vintage 1950s Gibson Brazilian Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base ES175 Super 400

Vintage 1950's Gibson Brazilian Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base ES175 Super 400

Greenwood, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This listing is for a 1950's Gibson archtop bridge assembly as found on several period Gibson guitars, such as the ES175, some of the L series, and the Super 400. This is the taller version. Some are sanded or notched at the thumbwheels to be shorter. It is dark Brazilian Rosewood, which is important to note if you are an overseas buyer. The fragile little scallops of the period are intact on the bottom. It is important to note this is not the full contact version base. This one makes contact on... more
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1960s Gibson Adjustable Bridge Saddle with Screws Vintage Original

1960's Gibson Adjustable Bridge Saddle with Screws Vintage Original

Simpsonville, South Carolina, 296**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1960's Gibson Adjustable Saddle with Screws, The gold plating is pretty worn, the saddle has some chips and nicks put still very usable. Please review the photos. Thank you.... more
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1960s Gibson Wrap Around Bridge  /  Tailpiece Lightning Bolt Nickel (KL2)

1960's Gibson Wrap Around Bridge / Tailpiece Lightning Bolt Nickel (KL2)

Greenwood, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This listing is for one (1) 1960's Gibson nickel plated wraparound compensated bridge / tailpiece. It is in great shape with a nice patina to the plating. Includes two mounting studs. Not sure if they are both stock to this bridge. I checked them on my old Gibson and the threads are standard (Imperial) thread. If you have any questions, just ask.
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Vintage Gibson 1965 ABR-1 Bridge Chrome - NO patent Number RARE w / nylon saddles

Vintage Gibson 1965 ABR-1 Bridge Chrome - NO patent Number RARE w / nylon saddles

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


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Excellent condition, no sag ready to rock! VERY nice original condition. All original saddles, which have no double notches and are in fantastic condition. Chrome finish in great shape. Original retaining wire and nickel saddle screws. Original thumbwheels included as ... more
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Gibson Les Paul Parts Humbucker, Bridge, Tailpiece, Studs Advanced Plating

Gibson Les Paul Parts Humbucker, Bridge, Tailpiece, Studs Advanced Plating

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


Used Gibson Humbucker pickup and Advanced Plating parts. Comes with API bridge and tailpiece along with the studs and inserts.
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Gibson Skylark GA-5T Tremolo 1960-1961 RARE Guitar Amp 1 Issue See Description

Gibson Skylark GA-5T Tremolo 1960-1961 RARE Guitar Amp 1 Issue See Description

Seekonk, Massachusetts, 027**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Amp works and cranks but has small buzz. Needs a full service with new fuses, cleaning.
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1970s Gibson Schaller Gold Nashville Bridge West Germany (KL66)

1970's Gibson Schaller Gold Nashville Bridge West Germany (KL66)

Greenwood, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This listing is for one (1) gold 1970's Gibson "Nashville" Tuneomatic bridge made by Schaller. Plating is worn and there is some oxidation typical for the age. Though rusty in appearacnce, saddle screws turn smoothly and are freshly lubricated. Sold as is.
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Genuine USA Gibson 1997 ES-5, ES-175 Gold Tailpiece

Genuine USA Gibson 1997 ES-5, ES-175 Gold Tailpiece

Gaylord, Michigan, 497**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale is a genuine USA Gibson ES-5 tailpiece from a 1997 guitar. This is the same tailpiece also used on an ES-175 model. I am the original owner. This was on a Gibson USA Custom Shop ES-5 guitar made in 1997 I use to own but sold. I swapped out the tailpiece for a Bigsby unit. I sold the ES-5 with the Bigsby but kept the original Gibson tailpiece thinking I might want to use it on another guitar at some point. After many years I realize I'm never going to use it so it's time to sell. ... more
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1965 Gibson ES-125 DC W /  Custom Rubber Bridge Included

1965 Gibson ES-125 DC W / Custom Rubber Bridge Included

Burlington, Vermont, 054**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Selling my 1965 Gibson ES125 that I had a modified adjustable rubber bridge added to it and a 1950??s Bigsby trem. If the rubber bridge thing isn??t your vibe , the guitar also comes w / the original bridge, trap tailpiece, pickguard and hardcase. This guitar has 2 wonderful sounding & original p90??s & The neck is so comfy and not huge in profile. It??s strung with .11 gauge flatwounds and sounds gorgeous and woody. The neck has had a headstock repair long ago by a pro and is rock ... more
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1968 Gibson SG Custom Guitar with Maestro Vibrola - Polaris White

1968 Gibson SG Custom Guitar with Maestro Vibrola - Polaris White

West Hartford, Connecticut, 061**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here??s a rare opportunity to own a valuable 60s SG Custom at a below market price   1968 was the last year without ??Made in the USA?? on the back of the headstock. This guitar has been professionally set up and plays the way you??d expect a ??Fretless Wonder?? to play and feel   It has three of those incredible, original 60s humbuckers   The pots are original except for one that the previous owner had replaced. It also features those unique waffle-back gold Klusons, gold Maestro Lyre ... more
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1965 Gibson Melody Maker D Double Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry w /  Vibrola

1965 Gibson Melody Maker D Double Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry w / Vibrola

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1965 Gibson Melody Maker D (Double) in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with its original nickel-plated Maestro Vibrola tailpiece. Finished in a gloss Cherry nitro lacquer, this Melody Maker D features solid Honduran mahogany body construction with a one-piece mahogany neck capped with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. The pair of robust-sounding single coil pickups combine a Fender-esque snap and twang with the fuller midrange and low end punch that ... more
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1961 Gibson Les Paul / SG Custom original WHITE with Sideways Vibrola

1961 Gibson Les Paul / SG Custom original WHITE with Sideways Vibrola

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1961 Gibson Les Paul (SG) Custom in its original White finish with gold hardware and a factory sideways Vibrola. It has a great playing neck with very worn frets, but still playable. It's all original with the exception of one volume knob. It's also 100% complete along with its original hardshell case. This original Les Paul Custom looks great with lots of minor nicks + dings (most have been touched-up with white... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson GA-8T Discoverer Tremolo Tube Amplifier | 15W | WORKING

Vintage 1960s Gibson GA-8T Discoverer Tremolo Tube Amplifier | 15W | WORKING

Liverpool, New York, 130**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Vintage 1960s Gibson Nickel Lyre Maestro Vibrola - Complete vintage unit SG 335

Vintage 1960's Gibson Nickel Lyre Maestro Vibrola - Complete vintage unit SG 335

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


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1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional