Tailpiece Stud and Bushing Set for Gibson Vintage, Historic or USA Models • Absolute Vintage Collection • Long Nickel Steel NOS or LIX Patina
The great tone of the 1959 Les Paul Standard wasn't the result of just the PAF humbuckers or the solid mahogany body—it was a combination of these and much more. As time goes on we're constantly finding new pieces of this combination. In 1959 Gibson used steel bushings and studs over an inch long for their aluminum tailpiece. In later years these parts were shortened and cheaper materials became common. It wasn't until the Historic upgrades in 2013 that Gibson Custom went back to the long steel studs and bushings in the Reissues. So if you have a Custom Shop Historic made before 2013, or any Gibson USA Les Paul, this set is a must-have upgrade! We installed this set on our ZEP•IV Number One Replica—which is built on a 2005 R9 body—and the results are fatter tone, longer sustain, and the satisfaction that comes from knowing one more part of the guitar is now the way it should be.
Redesigned for 2017 and more vintage correct than any other! This set includes:
- Long coarse-thread bushings made of raw steel with no zinc coating.
- Long studs made of steel and plated in nickel with no copper underplate. Other manufacturers use a copper underplate because the copper fills in the tiny imperfections in the steel and creates a bonding layer for the nickel plate on top which cuts costs. Without the copper, the steel must be polished to remove any imperfections and the nickel plate must be applied very carefully. It's much more labor intensive, but it's the way Gibson did it in the 50s, so we've decided it's worth the extra effort to make our parts as vintage correct as possible. Over the years, most of the nickel wears off from use. The old Bursts have dark spots where this has happened. If you have an older Historic Reissue and have noticed some of the hardware is turning pink, that's the copper showing through as the nickel wears away. Our studs are guaranteed to age like the original parts and never turn pink.
Choose from 2 finishes:
- NOS - No intentional aging. A few light marks may be present that reflect the handcrafted nature of our parts.
- LIX Patina - LIX is the Roman numeral for 59. These parts are aged to look and feel like well-loved parts from that era.
Please make your selections from the menu at the top of this description.
Installation requires deepening the holes in the body for the bushings. If you're not comfortable with power tools or don't have much experience working with guitars (specifically Les Pauls), you should have this done by a pro.
Made in USA.