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Aug 4, 2020 - 1:52:57 AM
9 posts since 7/20/2020

I'm looking for suggestions/recommendations on how I can get a warmer tone out of my Deering Goodtime Special. As of right now, everything is stock, but I do have a Heavy Moon bridge coming in the mail as well as some brass fingerpicks. What are some other cheap options to get a warmer sound? Head recommendations?

I'm not looking for technique advice as I feel I've already looked into that and adjusted my playing accordingly


Aug 4, 2020 - 5:19:20 AM

496 posts since 2/6/2018

Couple heads to consider: (depending on what you are looking for; I presume clawhammer?)

Aug 4, 2020 - 5:37:02 AM

578 posts since 8/14/2018

Strings, maybe? You might find that a set with a bronze wound fourth would be a little warmer at the low end than steel or nickel.

Aug 4, 2020 - 6:09:19 AM
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Eric A


820 posts since 10/15/2019

-heavier bridge
-shorter tailpiece, like a No-Knot or Pisgah Hawktail
-looser head tension
-Fiberskyn head

Aug 4, 2020 - 6:50:52 AM

194 posts since 8/11/2015

I would agree on all of the above suggestions for Clawhammer at least, but since you say you have ordered fingerpicks...

I fear that you are already on a path that will soon lead to wanting a new banjo. I too went through the warming/modding stage not that long ago, like many others have. What happens is that you improve it and then not long after you still wish for more. Once you have a warmer nicer sound in mind, you may already be doomed to spend more money on a different instrument. ;)

Aug 4, 2020 - 7:09:37 AM

13271 posts since 10/30/2008

A Huber head has some extra frosting on it and will dampen some high overtones.

Aug 4, 2020 - 8:46:35 AM

1001 posts since 1/9/2012

Stiffer bridge, e.g., "Don New's "Spillway" --,  available in all dimensions and woods, in BHO classifieds & eBay.

Aug 4, 2020 - 10:32:59 AM

kat eyz


1101 posts since 10/1/2003

a heavier bridge would be the quickest way ...trick is to know you have received a heavier bridge

Aug 4, 2020 - 12:14:31 PM

1256 posts since 2/9/2007

Whatever tone change you'd get by switching to Fiberskyn can be had, but in a far more controllable way, by sticking some masking tape on the back of your stock frosted head. Use as much or as little as you want. I'd suggest starting with very little, like a half-inch square, maybe a couple layers thick. Stick it on there, see what it does, move it to a different spot and keep experimenting.

That said, you'll do more "warming" by using a heavier bridge (maybe all-maple without an ebony cap?) and tweaking your head tension.

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