Gots me a woody from ramsey the action is getting high it has a dowel stick neck I assume . I don't know sheet about banjers how do I lower action on this thing ? HELP!!
Bill Rogers (Moderator)
Here’s a place to start: https://www.banjohangout.org/topic/362723
Edited by - Bill Rogers on 04/06/2020 20:58:34
I inherited an old dowel stick banjo with way too high an action. I looked at all of the options and went for the re-drilling the rim option. It worked a treat. The intonation is perfect.
The banjo had already been mutilated and the square hole in the rim at the neck had also bee enlarged. I did consider re-glueing bits of hard wood to the rim to take up the slack however I made some very small hard wood wedges and fitted them from the inside out to stabilise the square dowel stick. That also worked a treat . I periodically check that the wedges are staying put, occasionally I have to tap them a little to ensure everthing is tight !
I've got a Ramsey Electric which came with a 3/4 inch bridge which gave it quite a high action. I swapped the bridge for an 11/16 and the action is now perfect for me. For such a minor change the results were dramatic in terms of playability.
It's worth checking the simple things first.
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