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Nov 29, 2021 - 12:12:17 PM
101 posts since 5/31/2009

I have an old tenor neck that is in decent shape. About 20 inch scale. Frets are between .021 and .023. There is a tiny bit of twist in the neck, and a little upbow. If I level the frets, I'm probably looking at .018 in some spots.

Not sure if I will set it up for Irish music or DGBE. If the neck angle matters, it will be a 5/8" bridge.

Is this too low?

Nov 29, 2021 - 12:23:14 PM



3917 posts since 2/20/2016

Yes, way too low.

Nov 29, 2021 - 1:30:31 PM

Alex Z


4594 posts since 12/7/2006

New frets for banjos are typically in the .039 - .043 range high.

When they get to around .030, they are too low for a lot of players -- too much force is needed to hold the string against the fret since the pad of the fingertip touches the fretboard.

A lot depends on the player's tolerance for a raspy sound and the volume of picking.

Nov 29, 2021 - 3:32:05 PM

101 posts since 5/31/2009

I guess this will give me an opportunity to true up the fingerboard properly!

Thanks, all.

Nov 29, 2021 - 3:50:27 PM
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3917 posts since 2/20/2016

A straight neck is a happy neck . . .

Dec 1, 2021 - 11:26:54 AM

11933 posts since 10/27/2006

If the twist is slight, install tall frets, level and crown to the height you want.

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