original five-string Presto tailpiece in box

Many bluegrass banjo players consider the Presto tailpiece by Grover an important part of the classic flathead sound.   The Presto was most frequently seen on styles 3, 4, and Granada; in the case of the Granada, the tailpiece was gold-plated and engraved.  Since the vast majority of prewar Gibson banjos were four-strings, original five-string prewar Presto tailpieces are quite rare.  The tailpiece pictured here is an original prewar five-string, identifiable by the central hole to accommodate the middle string.  Even more remarkably, it is in excellent condition in its original box with its original documentation.  It was found in a barn where it had been stored since the 1950s.

Photos courtesy of Kurt Depp, Long Lost Co.