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Jun 17, 2019 - 4:45:40 PM
1389 posts since 6/4/2007

My banjo was already professionally set up a few years back, and has always sounded great since. I have not picked it up for a year or three, and now my 3rd string (G) is buzzing when I am not fretting it anywhere. I put a piece of paper in the nut slot, and it still buzzes very slightly up to the 4th or 5th fret.

What I do not understand is how only one inner string could be buzzing when I know for a fact that the nut was/is cut correctly, and this string never buzzed before, or after the setup.

If the neck is twisting, wouldn't the 6th string, or the 1st string be first to start buzzing somewhere depending on which way the neck was twisting?

Anyway, I really hope I can figure this out myself and not have to bring my banjo in to get messed with.

Thanks for any advise.

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:49:58 PM

146 posts since 11/13/2018

Where and how was it stored for that year or three?

Jun 17, 2019 - 5:09:27 PM

1389 posts since 6/4/2007

Sadly, It was stored on a stand most of that time, and not in the case. And the temps in my house fluctuate more than 10 degrees throughout the winter and summer. I am scared to take a straight edge ruler and start investigating.

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:09:29 PM
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945 posts since 1/26/2011

This is probably way too obvious, but have you checked your head tension since you got it back out?

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:22:50 PM
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196 posts since 10/23/2010

If your banjo has sat for 2 or 3 years it probably just needs some basic maintenance.
I would start by tightening the head.

As a head stretches and gets looser it will cause the bridge to set lower, which in turn will lower your strings, which could be causing your buzz.

The neck relief could also have changed over that period of time, which could also cause a buzz.

A setup on a banjo, regardless of how professionally it was done, does not last indefinitely.

Good luck.

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:14:50 PM
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9830 posts since 6/2/2008

Originally posted by jchipps_1

A setup on a banjo, regardless of how professionally it was done, does not last indefinitely.

It was in tune when I bought it.

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:19:29 PM



41025 posts since 10/5/2013

I recently took out my ODE after being in the case for almost a year. The 2nd string buzzed at the 12th and 13th frets. A head tightening solved the problem.

Jun 17, 2019 - 8:52:02 PM
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Step one: Check the head tension. You probably won't even need a step two. 10 degrees of temperature change probably won't do much to the banjo, but it will dom things to the head, and it's most likely gone a litttle slack.

It's not at all odd that only one string might buzz. Strings never pull with the same exact force, so one string and one string only may often be affected more than the others by a slight change.

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:14:56 AM

4678 posts since 5/14/2007

And it could be the bridge is tipped slightly forward. Try rocking it back a tiny bit towards the tailpiece.

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:21:41 AM
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3063 posts since 12/6/2009

when my G string started buzzing it was neck relief. a little tweek solved the problem.....but it could be a number of things. mine only buzzed when freted.

Jun 18, 2019 - 5:12:10 AM
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105 posts since 6/10/2017

Might want to put on a new set of strings while you're at it.

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:04:56 AM

2 posts since 6/17/2019

Does it buss when you press down on the string by the nut while playing that string?
Does it buzz when you press on the string, behind the bridge while playing that string?
If it stops when you do that it tells you which end is a problem if it stops buzzing.
Loose hardware?
Hope you find it, this just happened to me.

Jun 18, 2019 - 10:20:36 AM



146 posts since 6/26/2004

Assuming you're using steel strings, check the winding on the 4th string. If there is a crease or notch on it, particularly around the bridge, it could be causing the buzz, even if it is another string that makes it happen.

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:02:46 AM



21241 posts since 7/6/2005

Originally posted by Old Hickory
Originally posted by jchipps_1

A setup on a banjo, regardless of how professionally it was done, does not last indefinitely.

It was in tune when I bought it.

I had a customer who insisted the banjo was in tune when the buttons were lined up straight....

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:40:16 AM



519 posts since 8/29/2012

I don’t know the answer but this gives me “inappropriate banjo joke” ideas.

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