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Jul 31, 2021 - 6:30:25 PM
17 posts since 6/5/2015

I have a Nechville classic and a good quality clawhammer open back. The Nechville has a standard 26”+ scale, the open back the standard 25”+ scale. Both have goatskin heads.
I have been struggling with the strings buzzing against my pick on the open back; both plastic and metal; but not at all on the Nechville.
Anyone have any clue what’s going on?

A related question: the Nechville is really light feeling on the right hand, the open back just feels heavier. Is that a function of the scale length?

Jul 31, 2021 - 11:30:42 PM

gtani7

USA

1039 posts since 3/22/2017

Kind of hard to answer without knowing how you wear them and if you curve the blades. If you haven't tried a curved blade, you can read few threads about Earl's fingerpicks 

Also Hatfield's Exercises for 3 finger book has  a detailed analysis of picking action, really good book

banjohangout.org/archive/270305

and pics: banjohangout.org/archive/272906

Edited by - gtani7 on 07/31/2021 23:32:48

Aug 1, 2021 - 8:10:49 AM
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17 posts since 6/5/2015

I wear a pick on the middle finger and play clawhammer.

Aug 1, 2021 - 2:40:07 PM

17 posts since 7/5/2021

quote:
Originally posted by dorje

I have a Nechville classic and a good quality clawhammer open back. The Nechville has a standard 26”+ scale, the open back the standard 25”+ scale. Both have goatskin heads.
I have been struggling with the strings buzzing against my pick on the open back; both plastic and metal; but not at all on the Nechville.
Anyone have any clue what’s going on?

A related question: the Nechville is really light feeling on the right hand, the open back just feels heavier. Is that a function of the scale length?


If you are using the same gauge of strings on both, then you will have more tension on the standard scale than the 25". So the less tension might be causing the buzzing, hard to tell just by that description though if it might or might not be something else as well.

Aug 1, 2021 - 8:19:03 PM

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You're probably touching the pick to the string while it is still vibrating. A technique issue.

Aug 1, 2021 - 9:35:40 PM
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17 posts since 6/5/2015

Yes but why does it happen only on the open back and not on the Nechville? Could it be a setup issue on the open back?

Aug 2, 2021 - 2:13:32 PM

151 posts since 10/26/2018

quote:
Originally posted by dorje

Yes but why does it happen only on the open back and not on the Nechville? Could it be a setup issue on the open back?


Probably, if your technique is the same on both (which it probably is, right?). 

Aug 2, 2021 - 6:07:13 PM

Bill H

USA

1698 posts since 11/7/2010

I know that my Nechville banjos have far less overtones than my others. Maybe you are experiencing overtones.

Aug 2, 2021 - 8:49:01 PM

17 posts since 6/5/2015

The open back has a block rim.

Aug 4, 2021 - 5:42:13 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by dorje

Yes but why does it happen only on the open back and not on the Nechville? Could it be a setup issue on the open back?


I suspect you play the two instruments differently. Setup or a block rim would have nothing to do with your pick getting too close to a vibrating string.

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