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MB250 Epiphone banjo setup

Posted by Ed Gold Coast on Monday, April 18, 2011

I have ordered a new Epiphone MB250, the shop do not do the set up, any advice on how to do this i haven't set up a banjo before.  

8 comments on “MB250 Epiphone banjo setup”

Jane C Says:
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @2:50:23 PM

I just bought one and it's set up ok already, on one in the shop had done anything to it. Maybe yours won't need much adjustment, find a luthier is probably the best advice or look in the forum section for banjo set up.

alfiedog Says:
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @3:47:40 PM

Drop me a PM ! and i will tell you your best Set Up options.

Elwyn 1979 Says:
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @4:10:00 PM

you didnt mention whether it's new or second hand ed? if new then chances are it will have been set up already, all you need to do is to check the string action, head tension, position of the tail piece etc. as jane said, there is a wealth of info on here to point you in the right direction. other than that i would strongly advise taking it along to a experienced and recommended luthier, that way the banjo can be set up to suit your personal preference. nice choice by the way!

Ed Gold Coast Says:
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @4:23:35 PM

Thanks Guys I am new to banjo hangout, still finding my way around the site. I cant wait to "Pick" my banjo up, brand new and will be straight out of the box, people have said they can be a bit rough.
unfortunately where I live it would be very hard to find a Luthier, so i was wondering if this could be attempted by a novice.

Elwyn 1979 Says:
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @4:47:26 PM

i purchased both my banjos new from deering ed and both had been set up before shipping. all i had to do was adjust the bridge slightly & lower the height of the tail piece, simply to suit my personal preference. there are setup videos available on here that will show you how to set up the banjo yourself & there are also many good luthiers on this site who i am sure would be glad to help!

gsdauria Says:
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @5:18:47 PM

Janet Davis Music has an excellent book by Roger Siminoff called "How To Set Up the Best Sounding Banjo"
it's cheap enough and there is a ton of good stuff in it. I never worked on one 'till I got the book and I liked it. Use it all the time and yeah a novice can do it.

Ed Gold Coast Says:
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @10:05:38 PM

The 250 Banjo Didn't arrive from Melbourne, but the guy loaned me the Tanglewood Cove Creek Pro DLX solid maple, sounds good to my untrained ear, i have the option to swap it back when the 250 arrives i would appreciate your thoughts chaps

Ed Gold Coast Says:
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @10:07:35 PM

think I need a book Gus or ill never learn, ill check out Janet Ds

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