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Jun 30, 2020 - 1:39:06 PM
1239 posts since 4/13/2017

Which centerlines will I use to inlay bowties? I know for the 5th fret to the 22nd I'll use the 3rd string centerline, but what about the 1st and 3rd bowties?

Jun 30, 2020 - 2:18:02 PM
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Eric A

USA

646 posts since 10/15/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Blue20Boy17

Which centerlines will I use to inlay bowties? I know for the 5th fret to the 22nd I'll use the 3rd string centerline, but what about the 1st and 3rd bowties?


 I try to get whatever inlays on the 17th to lay dead center, 3rd string.  I play with the tailpiece until I'm happy.

BUT, sometimes a banjo just doesn't want to, and I find it better, tone-wise, to just let the banjo go where it wants to go, instead of forcing it to be something it's not.  Lesson for Life, there.  Like your kids. In the end, they are who they are.

Jun 30, 2020 - 2:42:10 PM
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mbanza

USA

2204 posts since 9/16/2007

Center one and three on that portion of the neck. Split the difference for five, and center seven and above on the part of the neck they occupy. Double check the positioning of centered inlays by measuring in to them from the edge.

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:23:50 PM

10822 posts since 6/2/2008

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:30:17 PM
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Bart Veerman

Canada

4647 posts since 1/5/2005

On the link you posted Ken: take a look at the top-view pic of the pot, at the end of the neck (pot-side) the position of the bridge has the strings pushed towards the 1st string side of the neck so the neck's center is not properly centered-lined wink

Hunter: make sure you account for that: your center line should go from the middle of the peg head's mustache to the center of the neck at the pot, or center of the uppermost inlay.

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:08:35 PM
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10822 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Bart Veerman

On the link you posted Ken: take a look at the top-view pic of the pot, at the end of the neck (pot-side) the position of the bridge has the strings pushed towards the 1st string side of the neck so the neck's center is not properly centered-lined wink


You're right! I didn't look closely enough.

Here's a better one, from Banjo Warehouse.

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