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Oct 6, 2022 - 2:09:18 PM
22 posts since 2/27/2019


I am installing a Rickard no-knot tailpiece on a Gold Tone AC-1 open back banjo, to replace the original adjustable tailpiece that kept snapping nylon and nylgut strings (despite many efforts to find, file and sand away any rough edges).

The horizontal flange on the no-knot does not grab the rim and stay in place when the tailpiece bolt is tightened in the bracket, whereas the original tailpiece had aggressive hooks to hold onto the rim. Is this normal for a no-knot? It looks like it requires string tension to stay put against the rim. Either that or I am missing some additional piece (extra bracket?) needed to hold the tailpiece in place when there are no strings on it.

Thank you for any advice,


Oct 6, 2022 - 3:13:08 PM
like this

2938 posts since 5/2/2012

Don't think you are missing anything. When I change strings on my banjo with a no-knot, I change 1 string at a time...3rd, 2nd,4th, 1st, 5th...to keep somewhat even tension on the tailpiece.

Oct 7, 2022 - 6:13:13 AM
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Eric A


1639 posts since 10/15/2019

I think a no-knot flops around if there's no strings on. Normal.

Oct 7, 2022 - 8:24:36 AM

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You don't want that little lip on the No Knot bearing on the head plastic/skin. In case the tension hoop is pulled down below the plane of the head.

Oct 7, 2022 - 8:28:15 AM

7242 posts since 9/21/2007
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Yep, strings hold them in place.

I'm not sure why Rickard calls it a "no knot", really it is a "knot" tailpiece as the feature that made it "no knot" has been excluded.

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