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Screws for 5th string tuner buttons on Deering Goodtime banjo

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Jan 17, 2020 - 10:50:22 AM
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R Buck

USA

2740 posts since 9/5/2006

I teach at a Junior Appalachian Musicians program the the kids keep losing the screws on the 5th string buttons of their banjos. Does anyone know what the specs are on those screws?

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:55:21 PM

1185 posts since 2/2/2008

I think we need to know the tuners the banjo have. Not all are the same.
I suggest a drop of loctite on the screws would help or a dot of nail polish on the thread.

Jan 17, 2020 - 1:13:01 PM

424 posts since 2/6/2018

Did you try contacting Deering directly? They are always very friendly and super helpful.
Deering Banjo Company
3733 Kenora Dr. Spring Valley, CA USA 91977     |    800-845-7791     |    info@deeringbanjos.com
Originally posted by R Buck

I teach at a Junior Appalachian Musicians program the the kids keep losing the screws on the 5th string buttons of their banjos. Does anyone know what the specs are on those screws?


Jan 17, 2020 - 4:50:41 PM
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R Buck

USA

2740 posts since 9/5/2006

Good idea, but they are all at NAMM except a skeleton crew to keep the lights on.

Jan 17, 2020 - 5:54:29 PM

1185 posts since 2/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by 5strings3picks1banjo

I think we need to know the tuners the banjo have. Not all are the same.
I suggest a drop of loctite on the screws would help or a dot of nail polish on the thread.


Sorry obviously I did not read well enough. Clearly Deering banjo tuner.

Jan 17, 2020 - 6:53:43 PM
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14 posts since 12/19/2019

Am Ithe only one a bit suspicious of “the kids keep losing the screws in their 5th string tuner”? Why would multiple banjos be losing that screw? Have you checked the salt shakers on the cafeteria tables? Do not go let Prince Albert out of the can and for God’s sake if the refrigerator is running, don’t go chase it!! Just my thoughts....

Jan 18, 2020 - 6:55:29 AM

683 posts since 6/11/2003

Use Loctite on the screws so that they do not vibrate out. The screw would be from Asia and likely it is impossible to find a replacement. You may have to buy an entire tuner to get the screw.

Jan 18, 2020 - 6:58:20 AM
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R Buck

USA

2740 posts since 9/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by banjobart

Use Loctite on the screws so that they do not vibrate out. The screw would be from Asia and likely it is impossible to find a replacement. You may have to buy an entire tuner to get the screw.


Thanks Bart, that is the plan, at least the loctite part.  Still hoping to rummage around and find a good screw or two.

Jan 18, 2020 - 8:14:24 AM
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DeanT

USA

36239 posts since 7/28/2005

I took my Goodtime to ACE hardware, and went to the screws/nuts/bolts isle, and looked until I found the exact screw that fit perfect. If memory serves me right, it was about 18 cents.

Jan 18, 2020 - 11:39:49 AM
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53852 posts since 12/14/2005

Like Dean said:
Take a complete banjo, or take the screw from an undamaged tuner, over to ACE, and buy a handful of the RIGHT sized screws, and a tiny jar of Loctite.

And maybe a 4 foot section of 2 inch PVC pipe, to beat the kids who are messing around with those screws.

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:28:58 AM

10517 posts since 6/2/2008

Deering currently uses Gotoh tuners on its higher end banjos. Seeing as the Gotoh 5th string tuner is relatively low-cost, it wouldn't surprise me if the Goodtime uses the Gotoh 5th.  What Deering used before Gotoh, I can't say.

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:29:17 PM
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R Buck

USA

2740 posts since 9/5/2006

Problem solved. I did as DeanT suggested and went to ACE yesterday and bought some screws so I am ready for the next kid who comes in with that problem. Thanks to everyone for your help. Loctite is a good investment too.

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:43:27 PM

127 posts since 4/3/2009

+1 on Ace Hardware for all the little tiny parts that Stuff Depot can't or won't carry...

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:29:11 PM

10517 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by R Buck

Problem solved. I did as DeanT suggested and went to ACE yesterday and bought some screws so I am ready for the next kid who comes in with that problem. 


Way to go! Did you get them in stainless steel?

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:03:59 PM

1185 posts since 2/2/2008

I think he should have got them in tamper proof so the kids cannot touch. The auto trade has some shear bolts so you pretty much have to drill them out. Glad problem solved with a cheap easy solution.

Jan 22, 2020 - 5:41:23 AM
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R Buck

USA

2740 posts since 9/5/2006

Yes they are stainless and were $.37 each. Ha! A little drop of glue on the end and they should more tamper proof.

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