I purchased an old (100 years?) banjo as a restoration project to keep me off the street and out of trouble. It's a very plain, entry level instrument but seems OK - I'll know for sure when I get it put back together. The frets are fitted to the neck - there is no separate fret board. The "fret board" was painted black - I'm guessing to simulate ebony. Well, the "fret board" paint was cracked and peeling so I stripped it to bare wood. And, what to my eyes did appear? A knot between the 8th and 10th frets! Do I have the only banjo with a knot in the neck?
I do knot know.
As long as it sounds good, do knot let it bother you.
"Do I have the only banjo with a knot in the neck?"
No, you do "knot" [thanks, Mike]. I've seen a few. There's a lot of black stain covering up a multitude of sins on a multitude of instruments.
I know of a 1943 Martin D-28 that has a knot in the back of the neck. Wartime instrument, ya know. Top of the line when it was made. I've seen knots in Gibson instruments also.
No you are not the only person to have a knot in your banjo neck.
I've got one toIt's on an old no name banjo just below the 5th string peg.
It's flush with the neck and the banjo plays great
Interestingly, it came with a "No Knot" tailpiece!!!
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