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Aug 3, 2020 - 12:55:42 PM
31 posts since 1/17/2019

Sometimes...not always...my first string is more “twangy” than other times. I have tightened the rod (bishline patriot) just a bit in case the action is too low for first fret. I notice twangs on open string, not fretted. So is it me playing too hard, is the action too low, or is it normal. Thanks in advance for advice.

Aug 3, 2020 - 1:08:01 PM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

323 posts since 8/9/2019

By 'twang' do you mean buzzing? as in, the string buzzing against a fret somewhere along the neck?

Or are you talking about the tone of that string when it rings? Over time as the head loosens, I find my banjo sounds more 'twangy'. Tightening up the head brings it back to a 'bright' sound.

By 'tightening the rod', are you referring to the coordinator rod in the pot or the truss rod in the neck?

Just to get a better idea of what's going on with your 1st string so we can maybe help you with some advice. 

Edited by - ChunoTheDog on 08/03/2020 13:13:12

Aug 3, 2020 - 1:20:52 PM
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7617 posts since 8/28/2013

Because the "twang" is only when the string is open, I'd check the nut slot.

I do wonder, though, just what you mean by "twang."

Aug 3, 2020 - 1:34:21 PM
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KCJones

USA

879 posts since 8/30/2012

Have you checked for even head tension, cleaned the nut slots, put on new strings, check the tailpiece fit, or swapped the bridge? That would be where I start, in that order. 

Also, if you're a beginner, it's entirely possible your right hand form isn't perfect. Sometimes you hit it just right and it sounds great, sometimes you don't. It takes a lot of practice to get good clean consistent tone. 

I would not play with the coordinator rods or truss rod to deal with tone issues.

Edited by - KCJones on 08/03/2020 13:46:40

Aug 3, 2020 - 1:42:57 PM

31 posts since 1/17/2019

Bridge replacement and head tension are beyond my skill level...aka Dirty Harry..a mans got to know his limitations.

This twang is not Like the buzzing that I had on my other banjo. Twangy is the only way I can describe it. Maybe best I bring it in for a tuneup.

Aug 3, 2020 - 1:48:11 PM
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KCJones

USA

879 posts since 8/30/2012

If bridge replacement and head tension are beyond your limits, you probably shouldn't be touching the coordinator or truss rods. Just my opinion.

Bridges are simple to swap. Loosen the strings a full step, slide new bridge in, pop old bridge out. Adjust for intonation.

Head tension is simple too, just tap around the edge and make sure the tone is even. If not, adjust accordingly. If you can't hear the tap tone of the head, use a straightedge to check deflection. Or you could get a drum dial, that's what I use. Well worth the investment. 

Edited by - KCJones on 08/03/2020 13:50:48

Aug 3, 2020 - 1:50:54 PM
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ChunoTheDog

Canada

323 posts since 8/9/2019

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Originally posted by stevebsq

Bridge replacement and head tension are beyond my skill level...aka Dirty Harry..a mans got to know his limitations.

This twang is not Like the buzzing that I had on my other banjo. Twangy is the only way I can describe it. Maybe best I bring it in for a tuneup.


If you have a trustworthy banjo store/luthier nearby, this sounds like a quick n easy fix for them.  

Aug 3, 2020 - 2:44:29 PM
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7780 posts since 1/7/2005

Several possibilities. The first things I would look at would be whether one or more notches in the nut are too deep--or the first fret is too high.

Put a capo on the first fret and see if the 'twang' goes away.

DD

Aug 3, 2020 - 4:58:50 PM
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13255 posts since 10/30/2008

I suggest a different gauge first string on your next change. What are you using now?

For overly "zingy" or twangy 5th strings, it's almost always the nut slot.  Most recently a friend's new Granada had this problem.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 08/03/2020 16:59:40

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