Nickel-plated mandolin tailpiece, short cover style
This tailpiece can be used on either an F5 or and A-style mandolins. On taking the cover off you will note that there are 12 “fingers” for securing the string loops. The four bottom “fingers” hold the loops of the two treble courses after the strings have been angled around the four “fingers” to their right. This reduces stress and lessens the likelihood of string breakage.