Hi all. Does anybody know of a locking nut system for banjo? I bend the crap out of notes and it pulls my little Deering out of tune in seconds. Having a heck of a time finding something so ridiculous.
I habitually use the "lock", and haven't thought much about it.
After watching those two videos, I might just change that... maybe. A habit is a habit. But it got me thinking, and I figured out something that should have been obvious all along: Locking (what I always called hitching) the string on the tuner post must have been learned from classical guitarists. It really is effective at keeping a nylon string (or an even limper, more slippery fluorocarbon one) from slipping. For a steel string, 2 sharp bends at the ends of the hole are what will keep it in place, no matter what you do with the loose end. Looping that end back and hitching it is at best a belt-and-suspenders approach, and I can see how it might actually weaken those bends, especially on wound strings.
The Taylor Method Target is 2-2.5 wraps. The Bill Baker method Target is 3 wraps. Bill uses Three fingers from the post. Bill’s Method requires a 90 Degree bend.
Winding from below brings the exit string pushing against the 3 coils. Bending a string compress the coil. When the string is back to steady-state, the coil is back in tune. The first bend is captured by the compressed coil.
This the best setup for string bending. The string is allowed to compress and relax. It works.