Ebony Upright Bass Tailpieces (4-string, 5-string, Compensated)

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  • Ebony Upright Bass Tailpiece, 4-string tulip style
  • Ebony Upright Bass Tailpiece, 5-string tulip style
  • Ebony Upright Bass Tailpiece, 4-string compensated style
  • Ebony Upright Bass Tailpiece, back detail
  • Ebony Upright Bass Tailpiece, fret detail
  • Ebony Upright Bass Tailpiece, back of compensated model
  • Ebony Upright Bass Tailpiece, three models in one photo
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Description

We've added some new options to our beautiful ebony tailpieces, which have always been a worthy upgrade or replacement for any upright bass. They have a uniform black color and are finished and ready for installation; no sanding or staining is required.

They have pre-drilled, vertically oriented tailgut mounting holes, with a cavity on the back surface, allowing you to use virtually any conventional rear-mounted tailpiece cable you choose - any of our many tailgut options will work, from a nylon or stranded steel tailgut, to the more advanced adjustable steel option. Please see the related items (below) for several tailpiece cable options.

The standard four-string model is a very conventional "Tulip" design and should complement any 3/4 size upright bass. We also offer a 5-string model, which is almost identical in design, but is a bit wider to accommodate the extra string. And the beautiful compensated model has different afterlengths for each string, which some players believe can improve low-end response and overtone response. That's all well and good, but you also can't deny that its asymmetrical design is quite attractive.

All models have a traditional design and finish and will look lovely on most any bass. They are sized to fit 3/4 size basses (see sizing below) but may be suitable on some other sized basses as well. The wood, which comes from India, is properly dried and aged to ensure that it will not warp or split.

Length

  • 4-string - 13.5 in / 34.25cm
  • 5-string - 13.875 in / 35.25cm
  • Compensated - 13.875 in / 35.25cm


Width (Top Edge)

  • 4-string - 4 in / 10.1cm
  • 5-string - 4.375 in / 11.1cm
  • Compensated - 4 in / 10.1cm



Note that weights can vary slightly from tailpiece to tailpiece. Representative tailpieces weighed in as follows:

  • 4-string - 11.1 oz / 314.6 grams
  • 5-string - 13.2 oz / 374.2 grams
  • Compensated - 9.9 oz / 280.6 grams  
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3 Reviews

  • 5
    Compensated Tailpiece

    Posted by Richard Bruns on May 6th 2021

    A high-quality tailpiece, very well made. I kind of thought the compensated tailpiece concept was snake oil but I liked the look. I’m very pleasantly surprised- to my ear (and others) it seems to have made my bass more resonate and project more, both pizz and arco. Extremely fast free shipping. I couldn’t be happier, thank you!

  • 5
    4 string compensated ebony tailpiece

    Posted by Tim Darby on Jan 19th 2021

    High quality well made tailpiece. Looks great on my bass and has improved the overall resonance.

  • 5
    Very good quality

    Posted by Gidon T on Jan 26th 2012

    Dear Mark and Bob, I just came back from my luthier after installing a CF endpin and an ebony tailpiece I bought from your store. My luthier said these items are very good quality, and this is from an old school master luthier... I just wish to thank you again, my bass sounds amazing and I love the endpin very much. You guys are top notch from order to luthier. Thank you very very much.

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