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Dec 3, 2017 - 1:34:12 PM
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Yury

Canada

92 posts
Joined Apr 3, 2017

I am pretty useless at banjo tech so here is a question. I am noticing that some strings on my instrument start to buzz rather unpleasantly. Especially the 5th.
Went to a music store and among other things tried an inexpensive open back banjo. That thing sounded pretty nice, certainly more solid tone without separation.
Just to be clear i am talking about open string tone, so it is not a technique issue.
How do I go about making it better? New strings maybe? I have budget Epiphone that is less than a year old. Its used 1h-1.30 a day.

Thanks.

Edited by - Lynne on 12/04/2017 11:01:59

Dec 3, 2017 - 2:16:10 PM

2429 posts
Joined Oct 13, 2011

I recently spent a few hours trying to figure out why one of my favorite banjos had a buzzing 5th string, after I had changed the strings. It turned out the head's tension was uneven from one bracket to the next. Once the tension was evened out all around, the problem resolved.

If your Epi is only a year old, the head may have stretched a bit and needs tightening. After a year's regular daily play, new strings almost certainly are needed.

Dec 3, 2017 - 2:25:18 PM
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Yury

Canada

92 posts
Joined Apr 3, 2017

Thank you. Any recommendations on replacement stings?

Dec 3, 2017 - 5:09:15 PM

lab_dad

USA

73 posts
Joined May 14, 2004

Strings are cheap.
Don't wait so long to change them.
Asking which is better is like asking which ice cream flavor is "best".

I like the D'addario light personally

Marty

Dec 3, 2017 - 6:46:47 PM

Alec Cramsie

Canada

197 posts
Joined Feb 4, 2015

Ditto on the d’addario

Dec 3, 2017 - 7:19:52 PM

Yury

Canada

92 posts
Joined Apr 3, 2017

quote:
Originally posted by lab_dad

Strings are cheap.
Don't wait so long to change them.
Asking which is better is like asking which ice cream flavor is "best".

I like the D'addario light personally

Marty


Thanks, I will go with that.

Dec 4, 2017 - 5:41:54 AM

bob42

Canada

3 posts
Joined Oct 5, 2017

‘A music store’ may not be the best place to seek help with your banjo. Many specialize in specific instruments, and their knowledge of banjos is not to extensive.

Toronto is fortunate to to have a great shop: The 12th Fret (12thfret.com). It is Peghead Heaven! They have a remarkable collection of new and used instruments, knowledgeable staff, and highly skilled luthiers. Visit them if changing strings doesn’t resolve your problem. (Note: This is NOT a paid endorsement)

@Bob42

Dec 4, 2017 - 5:51:05 AM

Yury

Canada

92 posts
Joined Apr 3, 2017

^ thank you.

That head definitely needed re-rightening. It sounds much better now. I ordered new strings, see no issue handling it myself.

Dec 4, 2017 - 6:31:43 AM

500 posts
Joined Feb 10, 2013

I bought a banjo that had that problem. A neck reset was required. That fixed the problem.
Neck resets should only be done by qualified individuals.

Dec 4, 2017 - 9:47:50 AM

9838 posts
Joined Feb 12, 2011

Sometimes the action needs adjustment. Check it - 2 pennies should fit snug but not stretching the first string at fret 12.

Dec 4, 2017 - 10:40:24 AM

Yury

Canada

92 posts
Joined Apr 3, 2017

Deering says 1/8 of an inch at two frets next to head. It is about that now but was certainly lower before.

Dec 7, 2017 - 4:35:38 PM

Yury

Canada

92 posts
Joined Apr 3, 2017

Finally replaced the strings, tuned the head and adjusted intonation. Now my modest Epi sounds really sweet. Better than when I just got it.
Thanks!

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