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nylgut strings on my goldtone cb100

Posted by majikgator on Wednesday, July 2, 2008

i haven't had any problems eith the aquilla classicak strings as far as the having to widen the nut notches on this banjo, i have tried tuning the string (3rd) against the adjacent 4th string and when fretted it is just dead, i'm not expecting a ringing sound but was looking for a good plunk, i am still using the 1/2 inch bridge that came with the banjo, does it need higher action to get that wonderful sound i have heard from these strings, i know i heard a recording with a goldtone cc50 and they said they used a custom made bridge(basswood) and the less expensive goldtone just sounded great, sorry i am a novice and some of my questions may sound stupid, but i've always thought that questions (not rhetorical) are admissions of ignorance--jim

4 comments on “nylgut strings on my goldtone cb100”

gkuchan Says:
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 @10:43:32 AM

There are no dumb questions...You might want to think about a heavier (i.e. denser ) bridge, I'm a big fan of the Sampson Old Time submerge wood. Also take a look at your head tension. If it's to tight you may be choking the tone, to loose and you might not be loosing the tone entirely.

dbrooks Says:
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 @1:43:15 PM

It sounds like you tried my suggestions without any improvement. I'm sorry to hear that.

I'm still not sure what you mean by "dead."  Is the string not vibrating freely because it's too low? Does it sound OK open and then dead when fretted?  Do the other strings have an acceptable sound? Do you have any stuffing under the head (shouldn't matter, but thought I'd ask).

A 5/8-inch bridge is a reasonable thing to try. I have a Grover on one of mybanjos with a modern head and a Sosebee on a banjo with a calfskin head. You should get an acceptable sound with $6-8 Grover bridge and not need to go to a designer bridge (for 'acceptable' sound).

Is your playing technique the same on all strings - both left and right hands? Try using the same fingers to play open and fretted notes on all four strings one string at a time. Listen to see if you are doing soemthing different on the 3rd string.

Finally, is there a dealer who can look at it?  Where did you get the Nylgut strings. If you got them from a local store, have them take a look and maybe try a different 3rd string. If mail order, maybe that vendor will send you another string to try.

Keep at it.  There is an answer.

majikgator Says:
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 @6:01:17 PM

thanks for all the input on using the nylgut strings on my goltone cb100, which by the way has been a great instrument and i don't have enough nice things to say about the folks there and their ability to put out a quality instrument at a good price and their dedication to doing so, i'll play around with it some more because the sound i've been hearing from these strings is the sound that's been playing in my head for a long long time--jim

majikgator Says:
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 @6:04:09 PM

oopsforgot-- to dbrooks yes some tone open like a dime store plastic guitar when fretted, so yes it does seem to be a string tension thing--i guess at least--thanks--jim

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