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Devil is in the (setup) details

Posted by johnboyrox on Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I have been fighting with my banjo for about 10 days now.  I have a Yates Rattlesnake, and I got this new Yates Venom v33 ring, and by all accounts, this is supposed to be an awesome ring.  I get it centered on the rim pretty good.  I get the banjo put back together right about where I had everything before and slip my picks on...  I'm so disappointed.  I can tell that the ring has some great sound in it, and even though I can tell the ping is great, the "pong" that comes after the ping is infuriating.  I have a horrible echo and everything sounds off because the echo isn't on tune. 

So I work for days making minor adjustments in head tension, coordinator rod tightness, Change string gauge a couple of times, search the hangout 100 times...  Then I'm playing with it last night and I tap on the tailpiece and I notice that when I tap on it, it makes the annoying off-key "pong" that I keep hearing.  So, long story short, I adjusted the tailpiece up quite a bit and re-tuned.  I fired off a song and almost cried.  Finally, it sounds fantastic. 

I can't believe how good it sounds.  Believe me, there is no "hype" to this.  It is a new banjo that sounds like an old banjo.  It is loud, with great tone.  The fourth string growls, every string has it's own sound.  When I bend a string, it is a whole different world.  Now I know why some of you guys with high-end banjos get all caught up in these blues licks...because they are really fun when your banjo responds to them.  It has very good volume.  I have always been a little disappointed with how quiet my banjo is, now I am very happy with its volume.  It's not the loudest banjo ever, but It is more than loud enough.  I am sure I will tinker with it some more later, but for now, I've got it setup and I like it.

1 comment on “Devil is in the (setup) details”

PruchaLegend Says:
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 @8:40:13 PM

Congratulations on finding the "fix." It's sure nice when a plan comes together. Kind of makes up for the frustration...a little.

It's great that you are so happy with the sound.

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