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01:11Patented a century ago, the Kershner is still one of the most popular adjustable-tension tailpieces made for banjo. Designed by Benjamin Kershner and patented in 1916, this is an excellent banjo tailpiece design that has withstood the test of time. The Kershner Tailpiece is designed to accommodate loop-end strings and, along with its adjustability, has made it a popular choice among luthiers and banjo enthusiasts to this day.

The Kershner Tailpiece was considerably heftier than some of its tailpiece predecessors, and is the opinion of many banjo players that the tailpiece's added mass contributes to an overall better balanced tone and perhaps even a little sustain on a banjo.

Kershner tailpieces originally were used on some of the higher grade openback instruments such as the Tubaphone Deluxe. They have a long flat surface with holes for each string to pass through. They are considerably heavier than presto tailpieces. They were first marketed around 1912, and were supplied with Bacon Professional models as "Bacon-Kershner" tailpieces.
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