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F-2 Dave
Apr-29-2010, 1:13pm
Does any body know when Gibson quit using pineapple tailpieces?

Michael Lewis
Apr-30-2010, 1:42am
Before 1910 as I recall. I worked on a 1908 that had the pineapple TP.

mrmando
Apr-30-2010, 4:32am
They would have used them longer, but one day in 1909 Kalamazoo was hit by the Pineapple Express. The next day all the tailpieces at Gibson had mysteriously vanished.

danb
Apr-30-2010, 4:37am
It looks like they started transitioning to the teens style right around serial 10000 or so. You'll see a few still after this, and a few teens ones before. That's roughly 1910-1911 time as Michael suggests.

I think they changed the style because those tailpieces are quite uncomfortable on a forearm, you'll get quite a few marks and gouges from one that hasn't been "blunted".. many have been smoothed down with a file or similar!

F-2 Dave
Apr-30-2010, 8:20am
Hey Dan, I traded for an A4 a couple of weeks ago. While looking through your archives, I found that someone had already archived my mandolin. It's #9041, just 59 away from your beautiful three pointer. Small world.

Bill Foss
Apr-30-2010, 8:45am
Ahhh, that explains it. I just acquired a 1923 A1 Snakehead with a pineapple tailpiece and it just doesn't look right somehow. From reading this thread now I know it's a replacement. I think I'll look for proper replacement in the classifieds. And maybe a pick guard too. Then I'll register it in the archive.

northfolk
Apr-30-2010, 10:07am
As long as we are on the subject, does anyone make a reproduction pineapple tailpiece? I am looking for an original or a reproduction pineapple tailpiece for my LK Brown 1908 F2 repo mandolin? ~o):mandosmiley:

mrmando
Apr-30-2010, 10:29am
Well, smileypockets has got a pineapple tailpiece he doesn't want...

MikeEdgerton
Apr-30-2010, 4:53pm
I love it when a plan comes together.

Bill Foss
Apr-30-2010, 7:36pm
Now hold on fellers, although I'd like a circa 1923 tailpiece cover, I'm not sure if I want to get rid of my pineapple. And are we talking about the whole tailpiece, or just the cover? The plating is very worn and there's a green patina to it as you can see. Northfolk, such a grungy looking cover as mine might look funny on a new, shiny repro like you have, unless it's distressed.

MikeEdgerton
Apr-30-2010, 8:29pm
I don't think 9041 is a reproduction of anything, I do believe it's the real deal.

Bill Foss
Apr-30-2010, 8:34pm
As long as we are on the subject, does anyone make a reproduction pineapple tailpiece? I am looking for an original or a reproduction pineapple tailpiece for my LK Brown 1908 F2 repo mandolin? ~o):mandosmiley:

OOops. I didn't have my glasses on, I thought northfolk said "F2 REPRO mandolin."