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Jun 29, 2022 - 12:39:34 PM
5 posts since 4/23/2021

Hello

I have an older banjo I got specifically to bring along camping. So the value is minimal.

It has a turnbuckle style co-rod. It’s thin and the threads are in tough shape. Its a bottle top pot.

I was thinking of filling the bolt holes on the neck and installing standard rods or a single rod and holder screw.

It’s a 70’s Lida .

thoughts? other ideas? anyone know where you can find a coupling nut 3/8-16 to 1/4-20 that’s an 1.5” long. Brass would be nice but okay with steel.

Thank you for the help.

Jun 29, 2022 - 2:37:08 PM

thor363

USA

48 posts since 12/12/2021
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Jun 29, 2022 - 7:12:13 PM

9784 posts since 8/28/2013

Conversion to two co-rods would take a lot of hole plugging and drilling. There is the eye bolthole in the neck heel to fill, and the screw hole that heldthe screw that went through that eye=bolt. The two holes in the aliminum rim would also need to be plugged, and I don't knoe a good way to do that. Then all the new holes would need to be drilled, and those would have to be absolutely right or you mighr end up eith a neck that either goes toard bass or treble, or doesn't fit the pot, or the action could be too high or low. I don't even think I'd try this, especially on a bufget instrument that won't really be improved with two co-rods.

I think the best bet is simply to find a new coupling nut.

I have seen these rod/bolt things on ebay from time to time, and that would be the best, as it's possible that the coupling's bad threading has also bunged up the threading of the other parts that are screwed into that coupling.

Jul 1, 2022 - 9:25:04 AM
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Helix

USA

15690 posts since 8/30/2006

If you want to tinker

I agree with George, the new hardware is better
It’s metric and designed to certain specs, that’s why it’s “thin
And you are playing again sooner

My wife has the Madeira bottlecap
I have the Washburn
There were Aida
Then the Iidas that Look like Lida
Patent dodgers that play good banjo notes
My opinion only

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