5-string Banjo Anatomy: A luthier discusses in detail the anatomy of bluegrass and
Frank Ford

5-String Banjo Plans: A unique banjo plan design complete with full scale drawings and instructions.
Jim Chronister

Acoustic Instruments and Winter Care Scott Zimmerman

An Introduction to Instrument Finishes: All about finishes
Frank Ford

Banjo Maintenance Guide: Tips for setting up and maintaining your banjo.
Wayne Rogers

Deering's Banjo Maintenance Manual: A fairly thorough online manual for Deering owners, but applicable to all banjos.
Deering

How To Pack/Ship An Instrument: An illustrated guide on packing/shipping a guitar that applies to banjos as well
Frank Ford

Label Your Instrument for Security: Instrument theft is a horrible thing--help to protect yourself!
Frank Ford

Setup and Anatomy of a 5-String Banjo: An illustrated lesson on the parts of the banjo and some basic setup tips.
Penson String Werks

The Dangers of Heat Stress: Heat stress can kill instruments--here are some examples and tips to prevent it
Frank Ford

Vinyl Is the Enemy: Vinyl eats lacquer--click here to save yourself!
Frank Ford


Building A Banjo

Assorted Open Back Banjo Construction Tips: Here is an assortment of tips designed to help you in your open back banjo construction endevours. There are free downloadable plans and information on Proffitt-style mountain banjos, standard traditional open backs, as well as new designs also.
Randy Cordle

Banjo Kit Guide: This is a thorough guide for assembling a Gold Tone OB-250 from the kit they sell. Lots of good stuff in here for building your own banjo.
Richie Dotson

Building a Banjo - An Overview: Overview of the banjo building process, complete with photos!
Song of the Great Lakes Woodworking

Building an Openback Banjo - Detailed Instructions: A thorough guide to building an openback banjo, complete with photos!
Song of the Great Lakes Woodworking

Building the Goldtone Maple Classic Banjo Kit: A complete description of how I built my Goldtone Maple Classic banjo from their kit. I also describe some upgrades I made to the banjo.
Brian S. Kimerer

Clawhammer Banjo Plans: Nice printable plans for building a clawhammer banjo.
Arnold Lester

Clawhammer Banjo Plans - Shop Notes: Shop notes and instructions for the Arnold's plans
Arnold Lester

Cleaning Bone: Considering using bone on your banjo? Read this!
Sean Barry

Inlay Instructions: A nice overview of the inlay process, complete with photos!
Song of the Great Lakes Woodworking

What makes a banjo?: Photos of a disassembled Vega Fairbanks, with explanations.
BanjoSeen.com


Fixing Your Banjo

Buzz Diagnosis: Some tips on fixing the buzz
Frank Ford

Crack Identification: A cracked instrument is my idea of a nightmare--but Frank explains why not all cracks are equal
Frank Ford

Fixing Stripped Wood Screw: Most tuners are affixed to your banjo via wood screws. What if they get stripped? Ford shows us an easy fix.
Frank Ford

How to Replace a Plastic Banjo Head

Prevent Bridge Sagging: Instructions and photos showing how to help prevent bridge sagging
Frank Ford

Tapered Friction Pegs: Many older instruments use tapered, or
Frank Ford

Tarnish Problems: A little bit of wisdom for dealing with tarnish

Tune Up Your Gears: An illustrated guide to tuning your instrument's gears
Frank Ford

Vega Pro Neck Restoration: A great pictoral tour of a complete neck restoration on a 1930 Vega
BanjoSeen.com


Setting Up Your Banjo

5th String Capo: Installing and using a 5th string capo
Frank Ford

5th String Spikes: Installing spikes is less intrusive than a capo--our online luthier shows us how
Frank Ford

Adding a 23rd Fret: How to add a 23rd fret--illustrated
Frank Ford

Adjusting the Truss Rod: Checking and adjusting the truss rod
Lee Kaufmann

Adjusting Truss Rods: How to adjust your Truss Rod
Frank Ford

Banjo 5th String Nuts: How to adjust the 5th string nut
Frank Ford

Banjo Coordinating Rods: Coordinating rods adjust the neck's angle--here's how to deal with them
Frank Ford

Banjo Practice Mutes: Discusses different ways to mute your banjo while practicing. Great photos!
Frank Ford

Basics of Bluegrass Banjo Setup Ben Freed

Checking Nut Action: Is your nut action to low or high? Frank Ford helps you find out.
Frank Ford

Guide to Banjo Set Up Lee Kaufmann

How to Install a Calf Skin Banjo Head BanjoSeen.com

How To Know If The Bridge Is In The Right Location. Warren Yates

How to Put a Head on a Banjo: From an 1887 S.S. Steward publication
S.S. Steward

How to Replace a Plastic Banjo Head: A nice guide with photos, illustrated using a 1916 Fairbanks by Vega with tubaphone
BanjoSeen.com

Installing A New Head Lee Kaufmann

Installing Strap Buttons: Need to install a strap button? Luthier Frank Ford shows how.
Frank Ford

Mounting Skin Banjo Heads: How to replace your banjo head--something every banjo player should know how to do.
S.S. Stewart

Reducing String Breakage At the Saddle: Problems with strings breaking? Frank Ford gives some great insight and advice that may ease your woes.
Frank Ford

Replacing the Bridge: Placing the bridge and setting intonation
Lee Kaufmann

Restringing Clinic: How to restring your banjo, from a real live luthier!
Frank Ford

Setup and Anatomy of a 5-String Banjo: Some basic setup tips for each part of the banjo.
Penson String Werks

Setup Quick Tricks: Frank for passes on some great setup tricks to prolong and enhance your banjo's sound!
Frank Ford

Stelling Banjo Set-Up System: A guide to proper banjo setup (not just for Stelling banjos)

Tuning the Head Lee Kaufmann

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