TP6 Tailpiece Mod

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  1. G.T.

    G.T. New Member

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    I have a 2019 Gibson sg tribute model. I'd like to know if anyone has installed a TP 6 tailpiece. Do you have to replace the studs? Can you use the old studs from the old tailpiece? Also will the chrome TP 6 match the hardware on my SG. Not sure if the tune o matic on my SG is chrome or nickel plated.
     
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  2. skelt101

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    You shouldn't need to replace the studs when installing the TP-6. However, the hardware on your SG Tribute model is nickel plated according to the Gibson website. So, you're looking at an imperfect match unless everything else is replaced with chrome.
     
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  3. RW59

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    TP-6 will fit on your stock studs.

    If I'm looking at the correct guitar, you have nickel plated hardware:
    https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/USAG74273/SG-Tribute/Vintage-Cherry-Satin

    My SG has chrome pickup covers, but I had a nickel plated aluminum tailpiece so when I got an ABR conversion bridge I got a nickel one and put them on. I don't mind the slight mismatch. Page's #1 LP has gold, nickel, and chrome hardware.

    If you keep your nickel polished the difference isn't dramatic. They both look like shiny silver, but the reflections on chrome have a blue-ish tint while the nickel reflections are yellow-ish.

    Unpolished nickel turns semi-matte and a chrome TP-6 will stick out a bit. But it's a huge, busy piece that sticks out visually just because of its design -- it may or may not bother you that it'll stay shiny forever.
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    I've had Gibsons where I couldn't hear a difference between zinc or aluminum stop bars. I've had some that sounded better with zinc, and others that sounded better with aluminum.

    You've got aluminum, and the TP-6 is heavier than any zinc plain stopbar. So the chances it'll sound different are somewhat higher. But it's a total crapshoot whether it'll be better, worse, or unnoticeable.
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    Can't help but ask "why"? Guitars don't have friction-fit wood tuning pegs that can be stubborn about fine tuning. Tailpiece fine tuners are awesome on violins, but I've never understood why Schaller/Gibson adapted the concept for guitars.

    If you're having tuning issues, it's the nut slots and the TP-6 won't help at all.

    If you're trying to cure neck dive, the TP-6 is a heavy beast but it's not that heavy and is unlikely to help.

    If it's just for looks, only you can decide if the mismatched plating is ok.
     
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  4. RW59

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    Polished nickel next to chrome. Differences in the highlights but not a super dramatic clash.
     
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    What do you mean by tribute model?
     
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    There's a subtle, yet existing, difference between a "Gibson SG tribute model" and a "Gibson SG Tribute" so I thought it best to ask just in case. Also, there's a not so subtle difference between just writing a clarification and writing a clarification underneath a GIANT FUCKING RIDICULOUS MEME. The latter is just annoying, but perhaps forgivable if you're under 16 or above 70...
     
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    2019 SG Tribute is a re-named SG Faded (previously SG Special Faded) but with a crown inlay silkscreened on the headstock.
     
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  9. skelt101

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    Sheesh VT, simmer down. Aren’t we all friends here? “GIANT FUCKING RIDICULOUS MEME” removed. As far as the Gibson website is concerned, there’s only one SG Tribute for 2019. Hence, I couldn’t tell if you were being serious or not. Apologies that offense was taken.
     
  10. RW59

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    Google gave me the impression that there was only one "SG Tribute" in 2019, but Google has given me the wrong impression before. They could have done a special run for GC, CME, Wildwood, or someone.

    Or it could be a NOS earlier Tribute that the OP bought in 2019. (If someone has a guitar in their hands and can't tell if it's chrome or nickel, and can't be bothered to look up the specs themselves, I don't entirely trust the minimal info they give to be 100% accurate.)

    That's why when I linked the specs I said, "If I'm looking at the correct guitar, you have nickel plated hardware".
     

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