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    Wonder if any kind souls here could help me with this:

    I’m looking to replace the tailpiece on my Gibson Barney Kessel, and am looking for a non-original trapeze piece with the same measurements as the original (but without the BK plate.)

    There seem to be several variants around. Does anyone happen to know what the exact measurements are? Help is greatly appreciated!

    Last edited by Halvor; 05-15-2022 at 02:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halvor
    Wonder if any kind souls here could help me with this:

    I’m looking to replace the tailpiece on my Gibson Barney Kessel, and am looking for a non-original trapeze piece with the same measurements as the original (but without the BK plate.)

    There seem to be several variants around. Does anyone happen to know what the exact measurements are? Help is greatly appreciated!


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    You have no measuring devices? All I can suggest is to measure what you have - distance between holes, from the top, etc, and look for a tailpiece with those measurements. The only real importance is the hole spacing, the trapeze itself could be almost any length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell
    You have no measuring devices? All I can suggest is to measure what you have - distance between holes, from the top, etc, and look for a tailpiece with those measurements. The only real importance is the hole spacing, the trapeze itself could be almost any length.
    What I have is not an original tailpiece, so getting out my ruler won’t help much, unfortunately

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    Whether it's original doesn't really matter. What you need is to match the holes in the tailpiece with the holes in the rim. Of course, if you don't care about extra holes, or already have some, then any trapeze tailpiece should work, as long as the mounting area isn't bigger than the rim. You said you want a non-original, so just look for one that matches the holes you have. Unless I'm missing something else you want or need.

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    Makes sense, but this is slightly complicated. The tailpiece will have to be moved because the neck is slightly off center (made that way, apparently). So I am simply trying to find out what the measurements of the original BK tailpiece are – length, width, strings spacing etc.