OME offers several types of tailpieces, which we use on our banjos: the NO-KNOT, PRESTO, SWEETONE, HARP, and OETTENGER. We use the non-adjustable NO-KNOT only on our Thin-rim Minstrel banjos for that early banjo look and sound. The PRESTO is also non-adjustable, but it has been used for many years as the “standard” tailpiece installed on prewar-style 5-string Flathead banjos. We feel the Presto is certainly worth trying on any banjo and we offer it as standard equipment on any 5-string OME Flathead.
In the last few years, the SWEETONE has become our most popular tailpiece and we include it as standard equipment on most of our open-back banjos. This classic tailpiece provides a solid anchor for the strings while providing a balanced and open response without “choking” the banjo’s sound. We recently have come out with a longer SWEETONE which we recommend when a crisper, brighter tone is desired. Both the short and long Sweetone are adjustable to the left and right, and can be used on most 4, 5, and 6-string styles.
The OME HARP tailpiece has been standard on OME banjos for about twenty years now. It is designed to put more downward pressure on the treble strings to produce a brighter, crisper response while leaving the lower bass strings more open. It is adjustable to the left and right as well as for up and down string pressure.
The OETTENGER has historically been the most desirable custom tailpiece ever used on 4-string banjos. It is hand crafted of cast bronze material with a separate, adjustable “finger” for each string. This allows the player to vary the pressure on each string separately, in order to achieve the desired tonal result.