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Oct 23, 2021 - 9:31:33 AM
171 posts since 10/14/2014

Do I need to be concerned about anything other than changing strings when going from GDAE tuning to CGDA? I know the CGDA strings are a lot smaller, so are the nut slot sizes going to be an issue?

I'm thinking of purchasing a tenor banjo that is currently strung in Irish Tenor tuning and I want to play CGDA. The music shop is offering to change the strings for $20. I'm assuming this doesn't do anything with nut slot sizes.

Oct 23, 2021 - 10:07:36 AM

3985 posts since 5/29/2011

Nut slots may or may not be an issue. I usually file my nut slots a little bigger than the string anyway. But, in your case, if they are too big for the strings they should be addressed.
Also check the slots in the bridge for the same reason. Bridges are easy enough to replace.
Check the action for rattles and buzzes. Changing from heavy to light strings may have some effect on it.

Oct 23, 2021 - 1:31:14 PM
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11811 posts since 10/27/2006

If the nut's slots were correctly 'bottomed' with a file that had a curve (in other words, any file designed for the use), there should not be any problem. Sometimes, nuts are done with squared off or triangular files — one may result in buzzing while the other may result in the strings sitting a little low. Both are easily corrected without making a new nut.

If you don't notice a problem, there's none to correct.

Edited by - mikehalloran on 10/23/2021 13:32:06

Oct 24, 2021 - 8:47:22 AM
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171 posts since 10/14/2014

So I'm going to buy it and save my money having them change the strings and do it myself.

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