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I searched the site on this topic and found no posts anywhere, so I thought I would submit this note. Maybe it will help somebody out there....

When I finished repairing my 1914 Gibson, I strung it with sub-basses from Gregg and a set of extra light bronze strings on the main neck. These sounded OK, but later I switched to light gauge bronzes, because the extra lights seemed lacking in both volume and tone. Immediately upon switching I began to get an irritating buzzing sound when playing certain notes and chords. At first I thought it was a loose brace, but ultimately I traced it to the tailpiece. I found that installing two small blocks of closed-cell foam (like the kind you find in equipment cases) under each side of the tailpiece peghead cured the buzz. If anyone out there with a 1908 and later Gibson is having a similar problem, you might want to try this.

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Thanks for sharing that John. I have a 1906, six bass Gibson HG and the tailpiece is of a different design. There are a few other Gibson HG owners here and I'm sure this kind of info will be helpful.
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I don't think your tailpiece design would be susceptible to this problem, Michael. It is the "double U" floating tailpiece that might be prone to unwanted sympathetic vibrations.

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I had the same thing. I used a piece of paper to prevent the buzz.
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The advantage to using the closed cell foam blocks is that they should retain their springiness (and therefore their damping power) over time and that they are virtually invisible. I'll try to post a picture or two soon, since this thread has garnered some interest.

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Yes but mine been from 1908 with early bridge it wasn't much room for damping material. And the buzz is only in winter time anyway...
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