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Nov 15, 2019 - 2:11:14 PM
195 posts since 6/27/2017

Hi all
Have a Vega Little Wonder and want to place nylgut strings on it.Can suggestions be made as to the best tailpiece that would suit the banjo to take nylgut strings on the Vega.Any other adjustments to the banjo to take nylgut strings? What gauge would suit?



Edited by - Tani on 11/15/2019 15:00:15

Nov 15, 2019 - 3:15:01 PM



9292 posts since 1/22/2003

Any tailpiece can take steel, gut and nylon strings. Vega banjos from the gut string era used No-Knot and Kershner tailpieces.

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:06:57 PM
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204 posts since 11/1/2006

If you purchase a new tailpiece, look it over very carefully. Any burrs or sharp edges will cut into your nylgut strings, causing them to break quickly. This problem can be fixed with a set of needle files: the finer the cut the better. On a new No-Knot or Kershner, the slots in the pins will need attention. Holes and slots in the top of the Kershner can have sharp edges as well, especially if it's an inexpensive reproduction.
The best tailpiece possible for these strings would be an old cammed No-Knot. These are a little pricey, but perfect for the job. Bob Smakula is a good source for them.

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:09:01 PM

6559 posts since 8/28/2013

You will probably have to widen the nut and bridge slots to accept the somewhat larger Nylguts. Also, make sure there are no burrs in the tuner hols or on any tailpiece that you decide to use. (Imported No-knots are notorious for burrs.)

Nov 16, 2019 - 3:34:39 PM

195 posts since 6/27/2017

Thank you to everyone for all your wonderful feedback.Bob Smakula is sending me a cammed no-knot tailpiece shortly, so will have the nylgut strings on my banjo but what brand of strings and gauges would be best for `Old Time Music and fiddle tunes` on the Vega banjo??? ( especially for a Banjo with GCGCD tuning)....or GDGBD.

Tani(a.k.a. Koala Bear)

Edited by - Tani on 11/16/2019 15:36:30

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