I have not posted in the hangout for years. Glad to be back. My banjo interest has recently been renewed and, as a result, I'm in the market for a parlor or travel banjo for camping and festivals. As I was inquiring with a retailer about having spikes potentially installed on a Deering Goodtime Jr., it was noted they sometimes buzz due to the shorter length. I'm just wondering if others have experienced that or have any insight or wisdom. Are spikes potential buzz hazards for short neck banjos? Thanks in advance!
I suspect they are mistaken. If their supposition were true, then the likelihood of buzzing on other strings all over then neck would also increase and my experience with short scale banjos is that that is not the case.
If spikes are installed correctly using a proper feeler gauge, there should be no problem.If a string is buzzing, check the spike clearance with a feeler gauge of the same gauge as the 5th string. Make sure there are no high frets downstream from the spike(s)
A properly installed spike should not create buzz any more than fretting a string.
I'm no luthier. I installed a 7th fret spike on my Goodtime Parlor (which I think is the same as the Jr. ). It doesn't buzz.
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