|Bear Claw Tailpiece
01:05Bear Claw style tailpieces have individual finger-like extensions that curl at the ends to hold the strings. The Bear Claw design that actually claims this name was made by The Liberty Banjo Company based in Bridgeport, Connecticut in the 1970s and 80s. The tailpiece was designed by Bob Flesher, one of the principal partners of Liberty Banjo Company, who so named it because to him it "looked like the long claws of a bear."
The unique design of Flesher's tailpiece allows individual string adjustment by varying the downward pressure of each string at the bridge. This enables fine tuning, tone and action of each string at the point of the bridge.
Bob Flesher copyrighted the Bear Claw name for the tailpiece but the term is often used to describe any individually-fingered tailpiece design, even those preceding Liberty's design. The Liberty Bear Claw is now somewhat collectable among banjo devotees and collectors and can occasionally be found on eBay fetching a fair price.
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