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.