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Sep 29, 2022 - 7:12:52 AM
60 posts since 8/11/2022

So, on the old banjo I'm reconstructing, the 5th string would appear to wrap around a rivet, placing it on top of the frets. It buzzes of course. I can't raise the bridge, so is the solution just to file the frets in the section where the 5th string comes out? Thanks!

Sep 29, 2022 - 7:21:54 AM
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834 posts since 8/13/2015

It should not wrap around the pip. It should sit in a groove at the top of the pip.

Sep 29, 2022 - 8:20:13 AM



60 posts since 8/11/2022

I wondered about that. Will file a groove. Thanks!

Sep 29, 2022 - 3:41:45 PM

1328 posts since 11/9/2012

I caught a lot of flak for doing this, but it fixed my 5th string buzz and the other 4 strings still have very very low action. I'm not saying to do like I do, 'only that this mod worked for me, at least to this date it has worked. I plan on tightening the head more to increase it to 91 on the Drum Dial, but I'm not sure increased tension can raise the bridge enough to stop this 5th string from buzzing.

I agree with others that the pip on your banjo should have a small grove cut in it for the string. So that is the first thing to fix.

Edited by - Toothless in Kentucky on 09/29/2022 15:44:15

Sep 29, 2022 - 7:22:21 PM
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New Zealand

11628 posts since 6/29/2003

There are two schools of thought re the string/pip. One say the slot should cause the string to sit above the fret wire like the other strings do coming off the nut. The other school says slot the pip so that the string sits lower than the 5th fret wire so that it bends over the wire and comes of the back at a steep angle. Both work.

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