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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Fretboard height

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plunker - Posted - 09/15/2007:  23:59:57

I know next to nothing about banjo construction so please bear with me. My Gibson RB250 that I've played for 30 plus years has a fretboard height at the tone ring [with head on of course] of about 1/8 inch. I recently bought a relatively expensive [to me] new banjo that had a very high action-more than 1/4 inch at the highest fret. I took it to a luthier friend of mine and he improved it somewhat but couldn't get it to match my 250. The fretboard is flush with the tone ring. Can this be changed? I suspect the neck is not mounted in the right place since the resonator bottoms out on the heel of the neck and as a result is very crooked in relation to the flange. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I understand that a shorter bridge could help with lowering the action, but the cosmetic end of it bugs me. Am I being too picky? Thanks


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