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Another big step in the right direction.

Posted by BoneDigger on Monday, December 28, 2009

This week I will be taking two gigantic steps in the right direction in my playing.  Step #1: I will be meeting up with Scott (JethroBodine here on the hangout) to do a little jamming.  Perhaps I can learn a little from him (also a beginner, or so he says...) and perhaps he can learn some from me, although the latter is unlikely.  Step #2, I am taking my banjo toi a professional to have it checked out and set-up.  It's time to see if this banjo really has a good sound, or if it's just my imagination.

I have been having some setup issues with the old Alvarez.  I generally like the sound of the banjo, although some teaking wouldn't hurt.  The neck angle and string height is my biggest issue at the present time.  I'm hoping that having a competent luthier work on this thing will get me to where I need to be. 

When I first bought this banjo the neck was set at a very shllow angle, almost parallel with the rim (maybe a 1 degree angle at most).  As such, the bridge was a 1/2" bridge and the neck was not tight against the rim.  If I tightened the neck to the rim, it increased the angle, but it also made it unplayable due to the shallow height of the bridge.  I have done some tweaking and now have the neck at approximately 3-4 degrees, and the bridge is a 5/8" bridge now.  The only bridge of this height I had access to was a cheap one from the local music store in Tyler, but it'll due until I have a setup done.

I'm excited to see how things go this week.  I think it'll be fun!

Todd



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