Need help with trapeze tailpiece

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Medium John, May 22, 2020.

  1. Medium John

    Medium John Electromatic

    I've got a double jet with a trapeze tailpiece . It buzzes against the body sometimes . Sometimes it's OK and no buzz at all . There is just a small gap , maybe 1/32" between the bottom of it and the top of the guitar . Can anyone tell me what's going on ? I can shove a tooth pick between it and the body and it will never buzz , but it's just not a real good look to me . Any help would be greatly appreciated . This is the second guitar , sent the first one back because the tail piece was damaged on the end . I thought that was why it was buzzing . The second one is perfect and it buzzes too ???!!! Help
     
  2. rake_ether

    rake_ether Gretschie

    109
    Aug 24, 2019
    Athens, GA USA
    Hi and welcome. Your post got me to thinking, I replaced the Bigsby on my G5135 Corvette with a trapeze tailpiece and have had no buzzing. Measuring it I have about 3/8" clearance from the body so I'm no help to you but I'm confident someone here will be. What part of the Peach State are you calling home (unless of course you're in the Republic of Georgia)? I'm here in the ATH.
     
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  3. Medium John

    Medium John Electromatic

    Thank you sir . If mine measured 3/8" it probably wouldn't buzz either , kind of wish it was . I'm still trying to understand why the strap buttons are the way they are . Too good to use a screw and a button ?
     
  4. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Just slip a small felt “sliding feet” pad under there. Should be nitro safe.
     
  5. Medium John

    Medium John Electromatic

    Thanks , I'll give that shot and it will definitely look better than a tooth pick .
     
  6. Medium John

    Medium John Electromatic

    Thanks again . It worked . I had a couple of the felt washers that go between the strap buttons and the body . The body is arched so I slid them under the widest opening and pushed them up under the tailpiece , used that tooth pick to push them toward the bridge . No more buzz . You are the man .
     
  7. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    A pic would help. Could you raise the tailpiece 1/32" if you replaced it's screw with round head instead of flathead?
     
  8. Medium John

    Medium John Electromatic

    Thanks but , I don't think it will move . The tailpiece is held in place by three wimpy screws on the end and the strap button thingy also goes right through the center of the thing too . What do they have against regular strap buttons with a screw holding it in place ? I had one strap for all my guitars , locker buttons and locker strap. I had to get a new strap just for this guitar . Ricochet got me fixed up with his felt hack , works great .
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  9. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Age:
    63
    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    I went to UGA from '74 to '78, and then lived in Watkinsville from '83 to '90. And Athens is still my favorite place in the world.
     
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  10. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    Oh yeah, I had that tailpiece on my 3161, no pivot... just rigid right?
     
  11. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Age:
    70
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Howdy! Welcome to the asylum!
    A wee bit o' felt will take care of the problem. That's known as the G cutout tailpiece. I have the same one and have no issues. Trapeze tailpiece is one with two thin wiry pieces between tail and the part that holds the strings.

    The strap buttons are iconic---and they can come loose. I don't know why Gretsch uses them aside from the fact that they've used them for years and it's their tradition. I have gone to Schaller Straplocks years ago, after my strap came of while playing. Found the little knurled knob, didn't damage my guitar, but went to straplocks soon after. It's like an insurance policy.
     
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  12. Medium John

    Medium John Electromatic

    Rigid would be the correct term . You know it .
     
  13. Medium John

    Medium John Electromatic

    I use the term trapeze tailpiece because that's what it says in the specs . Thanks .
    Hardware
    • Bridge type: Fixed
    • Bridge design: Adjusto-matic , anchored
    • Tailpiece: Trapeze
    • Tuning machines: Vintage-style open-back
    • Color: Gold
     
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  14. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Age:
    70
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I always equated "trapeze" to the Gibson style that resembles a, well, circus trapeze.
     
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  15. Medium John

    Medium John Electromatic

    Exactly , I guess now anything connected on one end swings freely through the air held up only by strings is , Let's call it trapeze like .
     
  16. Medium John

    Medium John Electromatic

    Works for me . if it works for you . :)
     
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