Tailpiece is one of the major features that is easily recognized on string instruments. Paired up with the pegs located at the top of the instrument, it is an essential component in setting up many string instruments. It acts as the bottom anchor for the strings with fine tuners for minute pitch adjustment and withstands the combined tension of over 100lb from all strings.
Tailpieces can be made of many materials in various size and shapes. The choice of materials is not only due to esthetic reasons but also how it match with the instrument, in terms of weight, mass distribution and string attachment, to project the sound. A good and matching tailpiece will enhance the instrument’s harmonics and resonance which brings warmth and body to the sound with less wolf tones and therefore the instrument may be more playable and responsive.
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