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Nov 30, 2022 - 2:41:55 PM
8 posts since 11/18/2022

Hello. Bought a Goldtone ob3 twanger and wanted to check the tone ring fit. It was very tight from the factory finish that was put on the rim which was all around the area where the tone ring skirt is. I noticed a hole drilled into the rim that is on top of the rim under the tone ring. It has a little bit of stain in it so I know it was from the factory. Goes down about an inch. Has anybody else run into this? Affect the sound? Thanks for your response. 

Dec 1, 2022 - 2:25:28 AM

3063 posts since 12/4/2009

Hello,

Does it align with the top coordinator rod? If so, then the rod can recede into the rim when tightening the neck to the pot.

Dec 1, 2022 - 2:55:33 AM
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Helix

USA

16373 posts since 8/30/2006

It is a hole for hanging the rim for finishing. A hook goes in there.

Yes, it affects the sound, sounds like a twanger.

Dec 1, 2022 - 3:33:27 AM

8 posts since 11/18/2022

Ok. Thank you for you for the help. I just never saw a hole drilled to hold a rim for finishing.

Dec 3, 2022 - 2:40:08 AM

3063 posts since 12/4/2009

Hello,

All Bluegrass Banjos have 4 holes. There is no justification to have a Fifth hole in the rim for finishing.

A previous owner or a seconds mistake are other options. Sound reinforcement devices and mutes have all been added by owners adding a Fifth hole.

How was this OB-3 obtained?

Dec 3, 2022 - 7:31:10 AM

8 posts since 11/18/2022

Thanks for responding. I bought it from a member on banjo hangout. I contacted gold tone in Florida and a gu ugh named Dave said the rims they have been getting on these all have the same hole for finishing. I've never heard of such a stupid thing. I never had a hole drilled into the top area where the tone ring sits.


 

Dec 4, 2022 - 3:41:58 AM
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Helix

USA

16373 posts since 8/30/2006

It's a production line, they spray many at once.

Dec 4, 2022 - 3:46:40 AM

5082 posts since 11/20/2004

Rims must be finished before any other holes are drilled. It should be of no consequence with a Gibson style ring, or could be filled to seal it. I agree, it is a little crude to leave, even if hidden.

Dec 5, 2022 - 2:07:56 AM

3063 posts since 12/4/2009

Hello,

“Rims must be finished before holes” is stated where?

To me, I haven’t seen any successful evidence when drilling any finished wood and not leave artifacts starting or blow out on the backside. Unfinished is the best place to start and finish holes in rims. The sins of the process are more easily remedied.

Dec 5, 2022 - 3:10:31 AM
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Helix

USA

16373 posts since 8/30/2006

Drilling on finished surfaces is so much cleaner. Or wet lacquer can go in the holes to be cleaned out.
It's a spec banjo made to tolerances and a budget.

Dec 5, 2022 - 4:31:45 AM

5082 posts since 11/20/2004

My point was there may not be any other of the holes you mention at the time of finishing. It was not meant to say it was a requirement. Poor phrasing on my part. I should have said "possibly rims are not drilled prior to finishing and a hole may be needed to hang them by"

Dec 8, 2022 - 7:02:42 AM

banjoez

USA

2498 posts since 7/18/2007

I doubt it has any discernable affect on the tone. Many other areas of finish/fitment are way more important to worry about than that. Plenty of old Gibson rims were made with plugged holes and added caps from the factory. Nobody usually complains about those. ;>}

Feb 3, 2023 - 6:37:52 AM

8 posts since 11/18/2022

quote:
Originally posted by Helix

It's a production line, they spray many at once.


Feb 3, 2023 - 6:38:49 AM

8 posts since 11/18/2022

Thank you for your response. Makes sense. Take care.

Feb 3, 2023 - 6:39:14 AM

8 posts since 11/18/2022

quote:
Originally posted by Helix

It's a production line, they spray many at once.


Feb 3, 2023 - 6:39:47 AM

8 posts since 11/18/2022

Thank you for the info. Appreciate it. Take care.

Feb 3, 2023 - 6:41:32 AM

8 posts since 11/18/2022

quote:
Originally posted by banjoez

I doubt it has any discernable affect on the tone. Many other areas of finish/fitment are way more important to worry about than that. Plenty of old Gibson rims were made with plugged holes and added caps from the factory. Nobody usually complains about 


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