Q: I was looking to upgrade the tailpiece on my baritone to your tp6 tailpiece. However, the strings on the guitar are quite thick, is it a problem if the strings are 0.74 thick or even more? What would the issues be for a thick string and could I mod the bridge myself by for example drilling of filing to alleviate the problem?

A: Strings with a thickness of 0.74 might pose some issues. Our strings typically range from 0.10 to 0.46 in thickness. Yes, you can modify the bridge by widening the slots yourself to accommodate thicker strings.


When it comes to enhancing the performance and tone of your baritone guitar, upgrading certain components can make a significant difference. In this article, we will explore the topic of upgrading tailpieces and address a common concern raised by customers regarding the compatibility of the TP6 tailpiece with thick strings on a baritone guitar.

What is a Baritone Guitar?

Baritone guitars are known for their deep, rich tones and extended lower range. They are typically tuned lower than standard guitars, with a longer scale length and thicker strings. These unique characteristics make baritone guitars suitable for genres such as metal, jazz, and alternative rock, where a heavier and more pronounced low-end is desired.

What is a Guitar Tailpiece?

The tailpiece of a guitar is a vital component that affects both the instrument’s playability and sound. It is located at the opposite end of the strings from the guitar's headstock. Tailpieces serve several crucial functions, including anchoring the strings, transmitting vibrations to the guitar body, and providing a point of adjustment for string tension.

Upgrading the Tailpiece

Upgrading the tailpiece on your baritone guitar can have a significant impact on its overall performance. A high-quality tailpiece, such as the TP6, can improve sustain, enhance string resonance, and contribute to better intonation. It is essential to choose a tailpiece that is compatible with your guitar model and string gauge to achieve the desired results.

Guyker TP6 Guitar Tailpiece

The Guyker TP6 tailpiece is TP6 Guyker Tune-O-Matic Bridges Replacement, a versatile option for guitarists seeking to upgrade their instruments. It accommodates a wide range of string gauges, making it suitable for baritone guitars with thicker strings. The TP6 is a perfect replacement bridge for EPI, LP, ES335, SG, DOT, or any 6-string guitar equipped with the Tune-O-Matic setup. Give your best performance with the Guyker® TP6 Tune-O-Matic Bridge Replacement! An exceptional retrofit to the original stop bar, this bridge provides unmatched convenience for fine-tuning guitar strings in fast. 

Thick Strings and Potential Issues

Baritone guitars typically require thicker strings to achieve their low and rich tones. However, using extremely thick strings, such as 0.74 gauge or higher, can pose challenges. Besides the increased tension discussed earlier, thick strings may also require adjustments to the guitar's setup, including truss rod adjustments, to maintain proper neck relief and action.

Modifying the Bridge

While modifying the bridge may seem like a potential solution to alleviate issues with thick strings, it is crucial to approach such modifications with caution. The bridge is a critical component that affects string height, intonation, and overall playability. Modifying the bridge without proper expertise can lead to unintended consequences, compromising the guitar's performance and structural integrity.