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FULTS... In the Hands of a Master...


Bob Fults, a machinist of over 50 years, has been the leader
in building precision banjo parts and products to the highest standards of excellence.
He uses the very best in brass and is virtually the only person
in today’s market who machines and forms each individual product by hand.



The Fults Tailpiece consists of 2 components - the "Head" and the "Mount".

There are 5 Head designs available:
the Cumberland, the Blue Ridge, the 1934, the 34Parallel and the Pro-5

And there are 2 Mount designs available:
the F-Series and the XYZ-Series.

All heads and mounts are interchangeable and are sold separately.
This gives you the option to "mix-n-match" components so you can set up your banjo
with the mount and head that best fits your playing needs.

* Have you checked your Banjo L-Brackets lately?
Chances are they are bent past 90 degrees.
Your banjo will gradually get sounding thinner with a decrease in bass response.
The New Fults Tri-Brackets keep the resonator and wood rim spacing set at manufactures specs.
"No more bending"


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Fults Cumberland
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The Fults Cumberland model

Head weight of 2.8 ozs.

The Fults Cumberland is handcrafted specifically for players who want
a high quality tailpiece that has been designed to eliminate unwanted overtones.
It’s sleek looking design and rigid mounting system makes it the favorite of players searching for that clean/rich tone with lots of volume.
The Cumberland is made of top quality 1/8” brass with lead-filled channels on the bottom side for a 10% quicker decay.
The tailpiece has a slot for easy third string replacement.

This Cumberland tailpiece was used by
Dale Perry (on his Pre-War Gibson) in the DVD recorded before a live audience in 2005
with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in the 25th anniversary reunion (Through the Years) at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville TN.


Fults has the only XYZ rigid mounting system that gives you three-way adjustment. (Mounting Systems, Installation and Adjustments)



Fults Blue Ridge
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* All orders for the Blue Ridge will be delayed till the first week in September.

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The Fults Blue Ridge model

Head weight of 3.0 ozs.

The Fults Blue Ridge tailpiece, like the Fults Cumberland, is crafted specifically for players who want the rigid and fully adjustable Fults mounting system
combined with a high quality tailpiece head that has been designed to eliminate unwanted overtones.
Like the Cumberland, it is constructed of high quality 1/8” brass, and uses lead - filled channels on the bottom side of the head and a leaded tip.
The resulting tailpiece will help your banjo produce a very clean, dry sound, with every note heard crisp and clear.
Like the Cumberland, it has a slot for easy third string replacement.

The Blue Ridge has a feature not found on the Cumberland: The ability to use optional "Kicker pins" and “Tone pins" (See Blue Ridge Pin page).
The use of Kicker pins allow the player to increase the tailpiece’s mass, further eliminating unwanted overtones, and increasing the amount of sustain.
The Tone pins are constructed and available in several different materials.
Use them in different combinations to alter tone and sustain.
This flexibility allows for subtle changes to the banjo’s tone, which can help in getting that special sound you have been looking for.

The Blue Ridge can be used effectively without the optional pins, and will sound similar to the Cumberland when used in stock configuration.

Fults has the only XYZ rigid mounting system that gives you three-way adjustment. (Mounting Systems, Installation and Adjustments)



Fults 1934
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The Fults 1934 Model for the Pre-War Sound

Head weight of 2.7oz.

The Fults 1934 model is handcrafted from the very best brass and designed for the player who wants the “Presto type" sound,
but with significant improvements over traditional designs.

The Fults 1934 model has virtually the same composition found in the Pre-War Presto.
It features a bright tone and great harmonics that banjo traditionalists immediately recognize.
We have reinforced the 90-degree bend and riveted the cover lid to eliminate buzz.

Special thanks to Peter Schwimmer, Silvio Ferretti and Charlie Cushman for their professional help in this 1934 project.

Fults has the only XYZ rigid mounting system that gives you three-way adjustment. (Mounting Systems, Installation and Adjustments)



Fults 34Parallel
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The Fults 34Parallel model for the Pre-War Sound

Head weight 3.0oz

The Fults 34Parallel features string geometry in which all 5 strings approach the bridge parallel to each other,
instead of fanning out as they go from the tailpiece to the bridge.
This geometry has several positive attributes including:
Equal downward pressure across the entire bridge from each string; Increased lateral bridge stability; Bridge has less of a tendency to sag.
We have reinforced the 90-degree bend and riveted the cover lid to eliminate buzz.

There have been tailpieces that featured similar type geometry, but none which also produced the Presto type sound favored by many players.
The Fults 34Parallel tailpiece has the same composition found in the Per-War Presto.
It has that "Presto sound".

The sound is both clean, great harmonics with sparkling treble, full bass, and complex
(with the pleasing overtones associated with the Presto but with added clarity and just a bit more sustain).
Now players can get the best of both worlds - a tailpiece with parallel geometry and a super charged Presto sound.

Each tailpiece is individually hand crafted.
As in all our models, we use the highest grade of brass – selected for its tonal properties.
Our goal has always been to produce the very best.

Fults has the only XYZ rigid mounting system that gives you three-way adjustment. (Mounting Systems, Installation and Adjustments)



Fults Pro-5
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The Fults PRO-5 model

Head weight 2.6 ozs.

The Fults Pro-5 is the latest in Bob Fults re-design of the traditional Presto style tailpiece,
to combine the basic tone quality of the Presto with superb mounting systems that are very stable and adjustable.
The cover lid has been riveted on to eliminate buzz.
The tailpiece head has been strengthened with harmonic bars at the 90 degree bend to eliminate the possibility of breaking.
The Pro-5 has a feature new to the Fults line: a thinner head, solid Sterling Silver plate (.040 X 5/16”) across the entire tailpiece tip.
Results are a one of a kind: a bright, crisp, clear tone that is unsurpassed.
Fans of the Fults 1934 will find this latest entry to the Fults line to be a sure winner.

The Pro-5 has been tested by Peter Schwimmer and is his tailpiece of choice.
It is also used by Ross Nickerson on his new CD.


Fults has the only XYZ rigid mounting system that gives you three-way adjustment. (Mounting Systems, Installation and Adjustments)



Fults F-Mount
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The Fults F-Series mount

The F-Series mount has been the mainstay of the Fults line for a few years,
and continues to offer the combination of rigid stability and adjust-ability that is only found in the Fults line of banjo tailpieces.
The F-series mount is mounted (Mounting Systems, Installation and Adjustments) to the 2 “tailpiece brackets” at the desired height and rigidly locked in place.
The head of the tailpiece can be raised or lowered using the center tilt knob, and locked in place at the desired height with the tilt knob’s set screw.

The F-series mount is inherently more stable than other (non-Fults) tailpiece mounts and less prone to “tuning issues”.
Re-tuning several strings won't affect the tuning of the other strings as the tailpiece can't rock from side to side.

The F-series mount is compatible with all of the Fults tailpiece heads.



Fults XYZ-Mount
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The Fults XYZ-Series mount

The New Fults XYZ Series mount shares the rigid stability of the Fults F-Series tailpiece mount.
Plus the XYZ series mount gives the banjoist the most adjustable tailpiece on the market.
Allowing a wider range of tone possibilities.

The XYZ series mount can be raised or lowered in exactly the same way as the Fults F-series mount.
In addition, it can be shifted from side to side (to compensate for banjo necks that may be aligned a bit off center),
and towards or away from the bridge (to change resonance) by the use of spacers (Mounting Systems, Installation and Adjustments),
and then locked rigidly in place at the desired position.

This adjust-ability (in 3 perpendicular directions) is what gave the tailpiece its "XYZ" name and is what sets it apart from all other tailpieces made to date.

The XYZ series mount is available in 5 sizes to fit different bracket hook spacing.

Like the F-Series Fults tailpiece mount, the XYZ series mount will accommodate any of the Fults tailpiece heads.



Tri-Brackets for Quality Built Banjos
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The Fults Resonator Tri-Brackets

Fults Tri-Brackets keep the resonator and wood rim spacing set at manufacturers specs.
No more bending.
They are stronger and lighter than standard L-Brackets with options of using 2 or 4 mounting holes.
Tri-Brackets are 1 ¼” long and have a formed radius that fits perfectly against the wood rim.
No holes to drill.

Virtually every L-Bracket bends in a short period of time. Whether it is a new banjo or famous “Pre-War” the results are the same.
The effective depth of the banjo pot decreases, which changes the banjo’s tone.(it will sound thinner)
Usually less depth causes a decrease of bass response and a tendency of treble frequencies to be emphasized in comparison.

Fults Tri-Brackets are designed for long life and satisfying performance!
The banjo will maintain its tonal character as the manufacture designed it to have.
Made 100% in the USA

*If you use the two additional mounting holes a 1/16”pilot hole is required 5/16” deep.








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