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: