Does the Kay banjos built back in the 1960's have a steel rod or something similar in their necks...I know there's no adjustable truss rod but just wondering if there is anything at all?...thanks
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I had one and have no idea. I would suspect not since the idea behind those banjos was to make them as cheaply as possible
Dunno - But a magnet would tell you.
I have a similar neck with photos.
There is a piece of flatbar embedded and stood up on its edge. It can't warp that way, but it can twist.
I copied this concept with my first bamboo neck. I used an Jatoba truss rod, no adjustment, just stood it up on its edge. Since 2009, out in my shop winter to summer, no case, no warping, no twist. 12 years, huh.
This STAMM neck from Oregon, Illinois was a mail order 5 piece laminated neck with the flatbar embedded. The Harmonys did this, too. 1962, $30 mail order paddle head. We mowed lawns and shoveled snow and made ourselves our own longneck. We still conserve this neck with a new Cherry Helix type rim.
Correct, use a magnet.
Edited by - Helix on 02/23/2021 04:22:10
I have an old Silvertone long neck with a bakelite rim and it has a steel bar of some sort in the neck. Found that out when I was drilling out the 5th string hole to re-seat the tuner.
I believe that the Silvertone's were made by Harmony.
I think it depends on the model. I know the T-1000 Artist model had a steel reinforcing rod. I don't know about the lower-end models.
The only Kay I have ever owned is hanging in my shop. Not sure what era it is from but has a paddle peghead, and a thick wooden rim. It has a flat steel bar reinforcement in the neck.
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