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Thread: Tailpiece Metal

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    Tailpiece Metal

    When did Gibson start using aluminum tailpieces on Historics? Is there an easy way to tell?

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    Re: Tailpiece Metal

    I'm curious about this too. I've long wondered what the materials of the hardware are on my 2008 R7.

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    Re: Tailpiece Metal

    Quote Originally Posted by Axelorox View Post
    I'm curious about this too. I've long wondered what the materials of the hardware are on my 2008 R7.
    I read somewhere it was 2002 but was looking for some clarification.

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    Re: Tailpiece Metal

    https://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/s...aul-Collection

    this indicates 2001. So I would assume anything 2002 and later is aluminum.

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    Re: Tailpiece Metal

    That timing sounds about right. I know that all Historics had aluminum in 2003, but i know that at least some if not all 2002 models also had them.

    You can't one by looking at it, but you'll know the instant that you pick one up. I'm so used to handling the lightweight tailpieces that when come across an old zinc tailpiece, it feels like its made of lead.

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    Re: Tailpiece Metal

    You can weigh the tail piece and tell what it is made from. The aluminum tail piece weighs something like 1.1 ounces and the zinc one weighs like 3.5 ounces or something similar. It's been years since I weighed them, so going on memory.

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