If you've got a black R tailpiece on your guitar, you have either already experienced or live in fear of of the dreaded tailpiece explosion. Unfortunately, black R tailpieces aren't available through Rickenbacker's tailpiece exchange program, and the only replacements available on the secondary market are an expensive roll of the same dice.
Here's an alternative: our black harp tailpiece is a drop-in replacement for the R, using your existing bracket. Guaranteed not to break, and -- bonus alert! -- ever so much easier to string. What's not to like?
Black harp tailpiece (6- and 12-string)