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Sep 27, 2020 - 7:43:29 AM
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CosyCatBanjo

Scotland

5 posts since 9/25/2020

TIFU: Cut all strings Off my banjo,


I am an Idiot, I cut all the strings of my banjo (I have re stringed Guitars and am used to doing this.)
What do I do?
bridge is not going to stay put, naturally.

cant believe I did this.

any help on how I can re-sting a banjo with NO STRINGS is appreciated.

Sep 27, 2020 - 8:03:17 AM
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343 posts since 11/17/2015

Install the middle string, leave a little loose, set up your bridge under the string, then install the other strings. Then you will need to find the correct bridge placement if not marked, should be able to see on the head where the bridge was.

Sep 27, 2020 - 8:04:13 AM
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2249 posts since 5/2/2012

All is not lost. Measure the distance from the nut to the 12th fret. Now use that distance to measure from the 12th fret to the head (I would make a light pencil mark there on the head) so that the distance from the nut to the 12th fret and from the 12th fret to that pencil mark are the same. Put the strings back on, low tension. Put the bridge under the strings on the head where you made that pencil mark. Tighten the strings a bit more (I might tighten the 3rd string first, then maybe the 1st, 5th, 2nd and 4th), 'till everything is snug. Then start tuning the strings up to pitch. Once up to pitch, check intonation and move the bridge as needed. Easy peasy unless you have something like a no-knot tailpiece which flops around if not under tension. There is more than one way to do this, others may have easier or better ways.

Sep 27, 2020 - 8:09:56 AM

Banjo Lefty

Canada

1997 posts since 6/19/2014

This isn't much of a problem. Put on all the new strings, but don't tighten them all the way. Insert the bridge. Measure the distance from the nut to the 12th fret. Now measure that same distance from the 12th fret to the head, and place the bridge at that spot. Slowly tighten the strings, every so often playing a string open, and at the 12th fret. Each string (except the 5th) should sound a precise octave. If you're a little flat, wiggle the bridge a hair towards the nut; if a little sharp, wiggle it a hair towards the tailpiece. Once you get the string up to pitch and the octave at the 12th rings true, you're done. Now get a pencil and draw a line along the front base of the bridge so that you will always know where it goes if you get scissors-happy again.

Sep 27, 2020 - 8:14:49 AM
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4676 posts since 5/9/2007

You haven't "FU" but I sure have.

I went to bed last night and left the freezer door ajar. Quite a bit of food has bit the dust.

My wife is NOT amused.  frown

Edited by - mrphysics55 on 09/27/2020 08:26:21

Sep 27, 2020 - 8:15:51 AM
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587 posts since 8/14/2018

Learning how to adjust your bridge is a good thing.

Sep 27, 2020 - 9:08:14 AM
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1257 posts since 1/31/2011

quote:
Originally posted by mrphysics55

You haven't "FU" but I sure have.

I went to bed last night and left the freezer door ajar. Quite a bit of food has bit the dust.

My wife is NOT amused.  frown


Need to pick her a song on the banjo for good measure.

Sep 27, 2020 - 9:47:05 AM
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CosyCatBanjo

Scotland

5 posts since 9/25/2020

Thank you all i shall follow the steps accordingly

Sep 27, 2020 - 10:07:19 AM
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Owen

Canada

6516 posts since 6/5/2011
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Originally posted by CosyCatBanjo

<snip> .....how I can re-sting a banjo with NO STRINGS is appreciated.


... do one string and then repeat 4X.     cheeky

Sep 27, 2020 - 10:40:14 AM
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3349 posts since 5/29/2011

quote:
Originally posted by mrphysics55

You haven't "FU" but I sure have.

I went to bed last night and left the freezer door ajar. Quite a bit of food has bit the dust.

My wife is NOT amused.  frown


Wives usually aren't too understanding about things like that.

Sep 27, 2020 - 12:26:10 PM
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188 posts since 11/29/2012
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One thing I do is save the strings I'd just removed in case there's a break with a new string, then I throw the set that was the previous back up into the recycling. So, I don't cut the old set; I detune and remove them. I'm a single parent and a social worker, frugal 'cause I have to be. ; ))

Sep 27, 2020 - 1:08:52 PM
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hbick2

USA

265 posts since 6/26/2004

Do you know how to put the string on the tuner so it doesn't slip? There's a little trick of locking it under itself. I'm sure there are plenty of tutorials on the internet.

If you have a simple tailpiece, like a No Knot, it is hard to hold the string on the tailpiece while threading it through the tuner. What I do is hook the string on the tailpiece, pull it down toward the peghead and then take a piece of masking tape and tape it to the fingerboard. It works great. It holds the string down so you can thread it through the tuner. You can usually use the same piece of tape for all five strings.

One more thing. After you have put the 5th string on and tightened it up to pitch, Take the end and run it back through the hole in the tuner and pull it almost tight, forming a little loop. Then snip it off close to where it comes out of the other side of the tuner. Most of the time, the sharp end will go back into the hole and keep you from sticking yourself. If it pops back out, you can take a pair of needle nose pliers and put it back in. Over a lifetime of playing it will save you gallons of blood.

Sep 27, 2020 - 3:26:33 PM
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QldPicker

Australia

89 posts since 4/17/2020

quote:
Originally posted by CosyCatBanjo

TIFU: Cut all strings Off my banjo,

 


Some, think this is the best method of tuning or even playing the banjo :).

Sep 27, 2020 - 5:32:30 PM
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RevD

USA

128 posts since 4/8/2019

quote:
Originally posted by 35planar

One thing I do is save the strings I'd just removed in case there's a break with a new string, then I throw the set that was the previous back up into the recycling. So, I don't cut the old set; I detune and remove them. I'm a single parent and a social worker, frugal 'cause I have to be. ; ))


 I keep the 10's from my set. I'm old and frugal they make a fifth string if I need one as long as they're not to flatted from fretting to bad and will ring a bit but I'm a at home player though. I figure whatever keeps you picking economically. 

 

To the original poster, this here should learn you a bit from Mr. Yates: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWnmfCZo-4M

Edited by - RevD on 09/27/2020 17:33:28

Sep 27, 2020 - 9:20:54 PM
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55756 posts since 12/14/2005

We upfucculate ONCE, we learn not to reupfucculate the same way twice.

Sep 28, 2020 - 6:12:24 AM
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7749 posts since 8/28/2013

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

We upfucculate ONCE, we learn not to reupfucculate the same way twice.


Yep...the second time we just vary the upfucculance somewhat, so we don't feel like complete fools for making the same mistake twice.

Sep 28, 2020 - 1:36:57 PM

2591 posts since 4/16/2003

In. The. Future. Change. Strings. One. At. A. Time. ...!

Sep 28, 2020 - 2:00:56 PM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

407 posts since 8/9/2019

It should be mandatory for all banjo owners to know how to re-string and reposition bridge.
Great knowledge to have.

Sep 29, 2020 - 10:52:04 AM
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161 posts since 4/3/2009

Good advice from all here. Also, remember that when your banjo was built, it had all the strings off, and lived to tell the tale. You will too, I reckon!

Sep 29, 2020 - 1:54:14 PM

150 posts since 4/1/2016

Tip: after the string is strung from the tailpiece to the bridge, use a capo about halfway up the neck to hold the string in the tailpiece and bridge while you’re winding the string through the tuner. A third set of hands.....

Oct 1, 2020 - 2:51:55 AM

2943 posts since 4/29/2012

Well I must FU every time I change the strings as I always remove them all to give the fretboard a good clean. Repositioning the bridge isn't difficult - and something you need to know how to do anyway. It does vary. On my main banjo I've got a curved bridge and positioning it straight across using harmonics is all I need to do. On others I position it using harmonics and then slant it bass side long until it sounds right. On my fretless I just stick it sort of back where it was before. Some recommend the good idea of marking the bridge position with a pencil before removing the strings. I've never remembered to do that.

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