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May 12, 2021 - 4:09:43 PM
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I'll be shipping a banjo, and I plan to slacken the strings and remove the bridge. I'll put the bridge in a bag and put into the storage compartment in the case. Is it okay to mark where the bridge goes by using painter's tape?  I don't want to damage the head.  I think there may already be a pencil mark on the head from when I bought it to show where the bridge should be positioned but if I can use painter's tape without damaging anything, that would work nicely.

Thanks in advance for helping me out.

May 12, 2021 - 4:15:49 PM
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Sorry, but in some countries, marking the bridge position with painter's tape is punishable by flogging. Drafting tape, however, is grudgingly tolerated. :->

DD

May 12, 2021 - 4:29:09 PM

582 posts since 3/9/2013

I always slack the strings and lay the bridge down. Leaving it under the strings. It stays nice right there. If the buyer doesn’t know how to set bridge position I’ll usually explain it in an email. Pencil marks are ok also. Depending on how long it takes to get there some tape will leave residue. Especially cheaper stuff. But it can be removed. So it’ll be fine if you decide to do that.

May 12, 2021 - 5:18:02 PM
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beegee

USA

22371 posts since 7/6/2005

I wouldn't worry about it. Any banjo player worth his salt will know where to place the bridge.

May 12, 2021 - 5:20:40 PM

57382 posts since 12/14/2005

Just include a link to ANY of the newbie threads on the HangOut about where do I place the bridge.

May 12, 2021 - 5:35:31 PM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

824 posts since 8/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by banjo-pete

I'll be shipping a banjo, and I plan to slacken the strings and remove the bridge. I'll put the bridge in a bag and put into the storage compartment in the case. Is it okay to mark where the bridge goes by using painter's tape?  I don't want to damage the head.  I think there may already be a pencil mark on the head from when I bought it to show where the bridge should be positioned but if I can use painter's tape without damaging anything, that would work nicely.

Thanks in advance for helping me out.


Yea man this is way better than penciling the head with the outline of the bridge's feet. Also takes the guesswork out of putting back on to perfect intonation. I've been doing that since day 1. 

May 12, 2021 - 5:37:12 PM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

824 posts since 8/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Dan Drabek

Sorry, but in some countries, marking the bridge position with painter's tape is punishable by flogging. Drafting tape, however, is grudgingly tolerated. :->

DD


We have a strict beige gaffers tape only policy up here, punishable by getting your fingers poked by the sharp end of the 5th string. 

Edited by - ChunoTheDog on 05/12/2021 17:37:45

May 12, 2021 - 5:51:52 PM
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4129 posts since 10/13/2005

Ah just use latex paint and a roller. Marking the head with a pencil is too simple and practical. Go for the glory, paint the neck and pot too while you are at it, might as well not waste any paint. Paint the inside of the case too so it all will match. You don't have to thank me, I know you are already grateful. banjered

May 12, 2021 - 6:04:11 PM
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DSmoke

USA

1003 posts since 11/30/2015

You would be surprised by how many amazing banjo players are out there that have trouble changing their own strings, so properly intonating a bridge would be impossible. When I sell and ship a banjo I mark the bridge location with tape for the edges, pencil lines for neck side and bridge side, and include an 8 x 11 sheet of paper with directions for them. Included are my email and phone number. So far, everyone successfully reinstalled their bridge and might have learned something as well.

May 12, 2021 - 7:06:11 PM
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8544 posts since 8/28/2013

There are probably some people who will think the painter's tape is part of why the banjo sounds like a banjo, and will leave it in place. There are probably even a few who will add more tape to "improve" the sound. There might even be a person who thinks the tape is there so that there will be a nice white decoration after the paint is applied.

May 12, 2021 - 7:17:13 PM
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Bart Veerman

Canada

4949 posts since 1/5/2005

Painter's tape is perfect as it doesn't leave any residue when you remove it.

Dan Shingler: your suggestions are fabulous!

Beegee: you'd be surprised how many people have no idea of how & where to place the bridge...

May 12, 2021 - 9:25:42 PM

3756 posts since 5/29/2011

I just use pencil marks in front of and behind the bridge. They can be easily erased but I just leave them in place. I have several banjos that I've owned for years that have the marks there. Tape sounds like a bit of overkill but it would work OK. If you lay the bridge flat under the strings then tape would keep the feet from marking the head.

May 12, 2021 - 10:38:50 PM
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97 posts since 11/18/2014

What did Earl do?

May 13, 2021 - 5:28:20 AM

beegee

USA

22371 posts since 7/6/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Bart Veerman

Painter's tape is perfect as it doesn't leave any residue when you remove it.

Dan Shingler: your suggestions are fabulous!

Beegee: you'd be surprised how many people have no idea of how & where to place the bridge...


Sad, isn't it. It is not brain science or rocket surgery.

May 13, 2021 - 7:04:17 AM
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Ivor

England

62 posts since 11/18/2020

quote:
Originally posted by nathane

What did Earl do?


Earl is famous for using plain old Grover bridges and wherever he put, it was right!

May 13, 2021 - 10:16:23 AM

11411 posts since 10/27/2006

Light pencil marks are the standard but blue painter's tape makes it even less idiot proof. I like it. I'll still use a pencil mark for string change reference. PostIt notes can fall off during shipping.

When I set up a new banjo with a straight bridge, I set the 12th fret intonation on the 2nd and 4th strings. This lets the 1st string fret slightly flat while the 3rd is not as sharp going up the neck and the 5th, likewise isn't as flat compared to setting intonation at the 1st and 4th.

I, too, lay the strings down and loosen the strings before shipping. I once received a banjo with a cracked headstock and that was one too many for me.

May 13, 2021 - 10:39:55 PM
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Helix

USA

14043 posts since 8/30/2006


DSmoke

Dan Shingler
Carlisle, PA, USA
987 posts since 11/30/2015

You would be surprised by how many amazing banjo players are out there that have trouble changing their own strings, so properly intonating a bridge would be impossible. When I sell and ship a banjo I mark the bridge location with tape for the edges, pencil lines for neck side and bridge side, and include an 8 x 11 sheet of paper with directions for them. Included are my email and phone number. So far, everyone successfully reinstalled their bridge and might have learned something as well.

 

And that, my friends is customer service. 

May 15, 2021 - 12:33:15 AM

97 posts since 11/18/2014

Well on jazz guitars they pin the bridges to prevent movement. Maybe that's the answer ??

May 17, 2021 - 4:38:41 PM

1248 posts since 8/7/2017

I have Yellow (low adhesion) and Green (medium adhesion) Frogtape. The Yellow tape box label says "60 day clean removal", while the Green tape box label says "21 day clean removal." The clean removal timing for 3M original blue painters tape is given as "14 days" on their website. I know it's possible to leave the blue on long enough (many months/years) to the point it won't pull off w/o leaving tape gunk on the surface. I also think Ace blue painter's tape is not as high a quality as 3M blue, but I don't know clean removal time for this brand.

Unless you are expecting shipping delays of more than 2 weeks, I'd think any painter's tape would remove cleanly. If shipping US Mail, I'd definitely use the 60day tape, though. I imagine most Americans have experienced longer-than-usual mail delays..... starting, in my case in December 2020 ("3 day" shipping ended up taking 3 weeks).

Hope this helps.

scotchblue.com/3M/en_US/scotch...rs%20tape

May 19, 2021 - 12:28:58 PM

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Why do you even need to mark it? You can usually guess by eyeball and then fine adjust by listening to the 12th fret harmonic.

May 19, 2021 - 6:33:16 PM

2787 posts since 12/4/2009

Hello,

Of the banjo heads I have had the honor to see, I have never trusted someone's mark. They were usually wrong.

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