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Aug 7, 2020 - 1:03:47 PM
3 posts since 8/7/2020

Hi, I am looking for a luthier in Scotland who can take a look at my banjo. It is a Deering Eagle 2. I am the original owner but hardly played this banjo being too precious about it and playing my first banjo. I sold my first banjo to force me to not be so precious about my DE2 and have found a bit of an issue with it. Within half an hour of playing it goes out of tune, mostly going sharp. Also when fretting the 3rd string on the second fret I am supposed to get an A but it is much sharper than an A.

I bought it at Eagle Music in Huddersfield 7 years ago. I am hoping it is just a minor adjustment for a luthier to make as I am still to precious about it to attempt adjustment myself. The strings that are on it are less than 2 weeks old with only 8 hours practice on them so I doubt the issue is with the strings.

Looking for an Insured Luthier preferably near Glasgow as I live in Dunoon.

Aug 7, 2020 - 1:23:34 PM
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220 posts since 10/4/2018

Check to make sure your bridge is in the right place. Proper intonation can do wonders to improve the quality of tone and tune. Try moving the bridge back towards the tailpiece. Check to make sure the harmonic at the 12th fret is the same as the fretted note at the 12th fret. That's what I would do first before worrying about the Luthier. And don't worry about breaking your banjo, it is well made and can be disassembled and reassembled by you without any damage whatsoever. Just don't overtighten anything and you should be fine.

Edited by - Good Buddy on 08/07/2020 13:25:28

Aug 7, 2020 - 2:08:45 PM

Jamie McCready

Scotland

3 posts since 8/7/2020

Thank you for taking the time to reply. I will replace strings to eliminate string slippage and attempt to reset the bridge. I checked it at the 12th fret and it was sharper on the 12th fret than on the open string.

Aug 7, 2020 - 2:50:55 PM
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118 posts since 5/25/2015

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Originally posted by Jamie McCready

Thank you for taking the time to reply. I will replace strings to eliminate string slippage and attempt to reset the bridge. I checked it at the 12th fret and it was sharper on the 12th fret than on the open string.


Sounds like good advice. If you still want a luthier to look at it, try the luthier search in the classified section. There are 2 listed if you select Scotland in the drop down list. There's also some on scottishbanjo.co.uk.

Aug 7, 2020 - 3:15:29 PM
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55422 posts since 12/14/2005

Welcome to the Wonderful World of tinkering endlessly with banjo adjustment.

For STARTS, measure from the top nut to the 12th fret.
The distance from there to the bridge should be the same.
If it's sharp, move the bridge a bit at a time, toward the tailpiece.
If flat, toward the neck.
And when you DO get the bridge to where chiming the harmonic at the 12th fret gives you the same note as fretting it, take a very sharp pencil and draw a line around the bridge feet.
Save yourself a LOT of time later, if the bridge gets knocked agley.
And change the strings ONE at a TIME, so there's always the downward pressure, holding the bridge where it should be.


Aug 8, 2020 - 3:22:55 PM

Jamie McCready

Scotland

3 posts since 8/7/2020

Thanks for the reply and the advice, much appreciated.

Aug 8, 2020 - 5:58:54 PM
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cwatt22

USA

52 posts since 7/10/2017

This gentleman is up in Perthshire, so not very close to you unfortunately. But his work looks amazing, seen him post on some banjo pages on FaceBook from time to time.


chattanluthiery.com/

Aug 9, 2020 - 8:52:09 AM
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AndyW

UK

559 posts since 7/4/2017

You might be fretting too hard, and it will make a huge difference if you are using light strings. And bridge position as said already. You might want to try a compensated bridge.

Aug 9, 2020 - 1:06:08 PM
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220 posts since 10/4/2018

yes, fretting too hard, in combination with high action and bad bridge placement can really make picking sound awful. But, they are easily fixable. YouTube has plenty of help along with this forum.

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