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Banjo repair and Collecting

Posted by Judith511 on Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Well before I went away I had found that my resonator banjo was making and nasty buzzing sound in one string, then it started in the other.  I changed the strings as suggested but it continued so today I took it to the music store I go to and waited an hour for the man to come to work who told me he would look at it for me awhile agp. Anyway he said that the head material had loosened and was minutely drooped in the center. He says they can re tighten it. seems like something that a professional should do so I left it there for repair. But in all the time we had to wait around I played different guitars mostly , I tried one of their banjos ( they only had a couple of 5 string) but I liked mine better. Anyway bought a mini travel size guitar cause it is fun to play.  It is called a Beaver Creek make and made in Canada. It was not really expensive but will be easy to take away this weekend. :). Instruments just seem to ask to come home with me. LOL

7 comments on “Banjo repair and Collecting”

WayneConrad Says:
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @3:36:01 PM

Guitar Acquisition Syndrome for the win!

Tightening heads isn't really hard. People get obsessive about it with torque wrenches and strain gauges, but it can be done just fine without all that stuff. You should be able to find a thread about how to adjust head tension. Just ignore all that jazz about what note the head should make and how many thousanths on a gauge, and go for simple. In your case, with a lowered tension causing buzzing, you could just take a quarter turn on each bracket until the buzzing stopped.

For next time, maybe.

Congrats on your new guitar.

Judith511 Says:
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @7:04:59 PM

Thanks! Yes I am sure it is not that hard , as you say maybe next time:)

AndyW Says:
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @11:44:41 PM

A loose head could easily cause buzzing strings. If the head is loose the bridge can sink into it a touch more and that brings the strings lower down at the bridge end. That means as the strings vibrate they can just touch the frets which gives the buzzing noise.

Like Wayne says you can tighten it yourself. In fact when you bought your banjo it's highly likely it might have came with a wrench for just that job(maybe languishing in a cupboard?).

Judith511 Says:
Thursday, May 3, 2018 @3:18:22 AM

HI AndyW, I don't have a wrench like you speak of but I will learn more and see if I can learn to recognize the problem and fix it myself. Sounds like this happens.

mike gregory Says:
Thursday, May 3, 2018 @3:33:14 AM

If you can use a pliers ( with a few layers of maskinge tape on the jaws, to pad them so as not to scratch anything) to gently remove ONE nut from the J hook, take that to the hardware store, and get a deep wrench socket to fit.
And a drive handle for the socket.

AndyW Says:
Thursday, May 3, 2018 @3:47:11 AM

If you don't play up the neck much/ aren't worried about a super low action, a slightly higher bridge would give you more clearance to stop strings buzzing without playing about with the head.

I am no expert but another thing to do before taking the banjo to a repair shop would be to check your co-ordinator rods(if not dowel) and check your neck isn't slightly loose.

Judith511 Says:
Friday, May 4, 2018 @3:40:22 AM

I can see there is so much more that I need to learn about banjos but I also get a free setup for my open back from the shop I purchased it at so I think I am going to take advantage of that. :) The other one is ready so I will trade them.

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