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Nov 8, 2019 - 2:30:22 PM
51 posts since 9/1/2018

Never changed one before. Is there anything I should know before I change the one on my Granada?

Nov 8, 2019 - 2:48:26 PM

7422 posts since 1/7/2005

Loosen it. :->

Nov 8, 2019 - 2:56:14 PM

12280 posts since 10/30/2008

You can make a decision whether to remove the strings completely from the banjo (tuners AND tailpiece) and put on new strings, or if you are very careful (and lucky) you can leave them attached to the tuners, very slack, and attempt to re-attach them to the new tailpiece.

Of course you have to take the resonator off to get at the nut holding the tailpiece hanger screw in place. When you put the new tailpiece on, take time to center it well, by eye. Be cautious in tightening the hanger bolt until you have the tailpiece "bottom" the correct height off the tension hoop (depending on type of tailpiece). Have the tailpiece resting on the tension hoop and over-tightening the hanger bolt nut can bend/crack tailpieces depending on how thick the metal is.

Of course, while there are no strings on the tailpiece the new one will flop around like crazy, so I tend to leave it loose until I get the strings on it to hold it more or less still, and THEN adjust the hanger bolt nut to get it positioned where I want it.

Mark where the bridge feet were, with a pencil. Set the bridge up again while the strings are very slack. When you tighten the strings, restrain the bridge so it doesn't "lean" too much forward or backward.

Otherwise, not a difficult changeover. Good luck. What are you putting on the Granada?

Edited by - The Old Timer on 11/08/2019 14:57:01

Nov 8, 2019 - 3:11:09 PM

51 posts since 9/1/2018


It has a Gold tone tail piece with someone elses name engraved on it. I am putting Granada piece back on it.

Edited by - Knothead on 11/08/2019 15:13:48

Nov 8, 2019 - 8:49:33 PM


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If the Granada one came from your banjo then it will fit. Not all TP's fit all banjos.There are differences in the way they are made and mounted. As Dick has said.

Nov 9, 2019 - 4:48:59 AM



287 posts since 9/12/2006

As JD would say, just take care while doing it, not a problem. After all, it's just a banjo....

Nov 9, 2019 - 12:25:44 PM

51 posts since 9/1/2018

Done! Thanks

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