Because great guitars deserve this.

 

 

This integral bridge plate/tailpiece was used for on many models through the years.  First introduced in the late-50s, it was used on the early Combo models (400, 450, 600, 650, 800, 850), 400-series guitars (420, 425, 450, 460), 900, 950, 1000, and various other issues.  In spite of all this seeming popularity, they have been almost impossible to find - until now.

We offer several variations of this tailpiece:
The original nickel-plated version as used on the Combo models of the mid- to late-50s.  These tailpieces are noted for their sharper corners and the small "wings" which were sometimes used to hold the bridge cover in place.
A perfect replacement for the later units, as first used on the 850, 425, and 450.  These parts are offered in 2 finishes: plain steel (as used on the earliest guitars), and highly polished chrome plate.

We also offer a unique compensated tailpiece that takes your guitar to a new level of playability.  Read on:  Prior to 1963, these plates were used in conjunction with the standard Rickenbacker bridge rather than the non-adjustable floating bridge of later years.  The bridge position was dictated by the locating dimples in the tailpiece.  If the bridge wasn't properly located, the nuts on the saddle screws would rub against the pickguard (some nuts were ground flat at the factory to provide clearance).  Even worse, the tailpiece and bridge were often mounted too far forward for the intonation to be set; even with the saddles all the way back, the low strings were still sharp.  To address that problem, we offer our unique compensated tailpiece.  We've moved the dimples a little further back, which puts the bridge in the correct location for accurate intonation.  The redesign requires no changes or new holes in the guitar, and it's completely invisible when installed - but it makes all the difference in the world as far as playability goes.  Even if you have the original tailpiece for your pre-1963 guitar, you should consider making this change - it will play like never before.

Unless otherwise noted, our bridge plates are made of chrome-plated steel, and are without the serial number stampings of later years.

For looks, quality, and accuracy: there is simply no other choice for your Rickenbacker.


The original Combo 400/450/600/650/800 tailpiece:
The later 425/450/460/850/900/950/1000 tailpiece:
The plain steel (unplated) tailpiece for some pre-1962 guitars:
Plain steel copies of the standard tailpiece and our compensated tailpiece:
The bass tailpiece. Plain, dull finish, and four enlarged keyholes:
 
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