Hi - new to forum and banjo (coming from guitar and mando). I just picked up a Harmony Reso-Tone and trying to change the strings. There doesn’t seem to be a tailpiece cover that opens up, and so it looks like I have to feed the string through but some have the loop grab little prongs while making a 90 degree turn through the tailpiece. Difficult, so I assume I’m doing something wrong. Advice welcomed! Thanks
Welcome. In such cases, I like to feed the string thru a hole and then bend the loop about 90 degrees so I can position it over a prong.
I use a pair of needle nose plier to put a bend in the loop to help it get under the hooks. Another tip - after you’re on the hook and partway towards the headstock, put a capo on to keep the string taut so the string doesn’t slip off the hook or off the bridge.
rats! I was hoping there was an easier way that I was overlooking. When I try to put a 90 degree bend in the string the bend is right in the middle of the wound part of the loop and is very rigid and uncooperative, won't pull through easily. Thanks for the advice, I'll keep at it.
The bend should be in the center of the open part of the loop.
Use ball-end strings, forget the prongs and string loops....
Making that right angle bend can be aggravating for many brands and types of tailpieces. You just more or less have to figure out how to do it from trial and error. Making a "kink" with needle nose pliers is often the brute force way to "get 'er done".
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