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Tailpiece

mandolin tailpieceKershner tailpieceA tailpiece is the part of a stringed instrument (usually with a neck) which is attached to the body and is the starting point for the strings. After leaving the tailpiece, the strings travel over the Bridge, the Fingerboard and the Nut to terminate at the Tuning Pegs.

Many designs have been used over the years from extremely crude and simple to elegant and elaborate. Tailpieces normally accept loop ended strings which slip over a hook of some kind.

Some nylon / gut strung instruments required that the strings were tied to the tailpiece.

Guitars often use pegs on the body just behind the Bridge into which ball ended strings fit, rather than a tailpiece.