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Feb 14, 2018 - 1:39:34 PM
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219 posts since 9/8/2010

I just finished the conversion of an old tenor to a five string. I use it for clawhammer and keep it tuned to double D. The conversion process went smoothly, and only took a couple of hours (not counting the drying time for the glue). I made a small maple extension on side of the neck for the fifth string to ride over, and to hold the pip to guide the string on to the tuner. Glued it on, and stained it. Had a friend with a drill press help to drill the hole for the tuner. I used the first four strings from a classic guitar (nylon) and an old nylon banjo third string for the new fifth string. The banjo has a goat skin head, and it sounds pretty good. Over all I am pleased with the conversion, and I now have another playable old time banjo, instead of a wall hanger. I want to thank all the BHO members who previously posted topics on this type of conversion. Their experiences and advice were extremely valuable. If you are thinking of doing something like this, please don't hesitate to ask any questions. I will answer any/all that I can.


Feb 14, 2018 - 2:23:47 PM

219 posts since 9/8/2010

I thought I would try to add demo of how this banjo sounds.


Feb 14, 2018 - 3:44:37 PM

91 posts since 7/2/2012

I e. Even considering doing the same thing with an old unidentifiable banjo neck. Thanks for the inspiration. Nice work.

Feb 14, 2018 - 9:11:42 PM

197 posts since 8/17/2010

You used nothing else to secure the 5th string "shelf" to the neck but glue? What kind of glue?

Feb 14, 2018 - 11:22:49 PM

47571 posts since 12/14/2005

Looks good, sounds good.

If any of my opinions were humble, it would be my hum bull opinion that sounding good is most important, looking good is the only other important criteria.

Extra points for saving a banjo from the unbearable fate of not being played.


Feb 15, 2018 - 11:24:50 AM

219 posts since 9/8/2010

Fretful1,Used Titebond Original glue and clamped it for 24 hrs. The only pressure on this strip is applied by the 5th string pip, so the glue should hopefully be enough .

Feb 15, 2018 - 11:26:52 AM

219 posts since 9/8/2010

Mike, Thanks for your kind words.

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