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Nov 19, 2021 - 2:53:38 PM
15 posts since 6/20/2007

I have built a number of banjo's in the last few years as a hobby, both with and without prebuilt necks and pots. The most recent has been with all purchased parts. Dimensions conform with other Jo's in my possession, right down to the brand and size of strings. when tuned to G standard sounds great. Usually when I mount a Kapo the high G to A is the only tweaking required for an acceptable sound for A/D tuning. With this instrument 1 thru 4 strings go sharp enough to require tuning. Has anyone else had this experience? Help!

Nov 19, 2021 - 3:56:41 PM
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42 posts since 2/18/2018

Are the frets higher? Maybe you’re tightening down too much on the capo. Higher frets will accentuate that problem.

Nov 19, 2021 - 4:07:49 PM

15 posts since 6/20/2007

Frets are pretty high, I'll check that out. Thanks

Nov 19, 2021 - 6:13:34 PM
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145 posts since 6/10/2017

You might also want to check the depth of the string slots on the nut. Put your capo at the third fret. With the strings depressed between the second and third fret there should be about 0.010" or a little less distance between the bottoms of the strings and the first fret. If it is more than that you might want to deepen the slots on the nut.

Nov 19, 2021 - 6:30:20 PM

15 posts since 6/20/2007

thanks 2Bucks, I'll check that too.

Nov 20, 2021 - 12:05:55 AM



22563 posts since 7/6/2005

how are measuring the bridge location? If you use a ruler, that doesn't allow for string deflection caused by bridge height and depth of nut slots. 

Edited by - beegee on 11/20/2021 00:07:02

Nov 20, 2021 - 1:52:08 AM

Bill H


1789 posts since 11/7/2010

All of my banjos go sharp and require bit of tuning when I attach a capo. I don't find this unusual.

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