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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Banjolele Setup


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Beginner Pomme - Posted - 01/23/2022:  06:34:58


I am a comparative beginner on Ukes and the banjo uke. While I am getting on learning chords and picking, I am not used to setting up a banjolele. I recently changed the strings on my Kmise Tenor Banjolele and noticed some of the head nuts were loose. I got my wrench tool that came with the banjolele and tightened all the nuts. The instrument previously sounded fairly mellow but now sounds horrible. The bridge pushes down into the head and a clear indentations seen when a straight edge is placed on the head next to the bridge. I have clearly over done it! I have tried various tensions but no return to the previous nice sound that came with the instrument.

I would be very grateful for any advice as to how to properly set the head tension so the sound is acceptable. Many thanks in advance.

Beginner Pomme - Posted - 01/23/2022:  07:10:33


A follow-up to my message earlier. A photo attached showing the indentation of the bridge which I think could be causing my problem.

spoonfed - Posted - 01/23/2022:  07:43:14


Howdy Steve, it sounds like your head is too loose to me, if the bridge is sinking down enough to leave indentations then I think I would be looking to tighten it up somewhat, it should improve the sound too.

GrahamHawker - Posted - 01/23/2022:  08:14:44


If you tightened it up there should be a bit less indentation. There's usually a small indentation. Have you pulled any hooks off the tension hoop?

Beginner Pomme - Posted - 01/23/2022:  11:43:54


Nick & Graham

Many thanks for your comments. When I think about it, tightening the head to remove the indentation is logical. I will wait until daylight tomorrow to tighten the head. I've read I must not over tighten the head or face risk of damage but I'll do it progressively. I'll let you know the outcome.

Beginner Pomme - Posted - 01/24/2022:  05:59:22


Tightened the nuts and the indentation is almost gone and the sound much better. Thank you so much for pointing me in the right direction.

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