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Sep 21, 2023 - 12:28:10 PM
17 posts since 2/20/2019

So judging by the bottom of the neck around the heel someone at some point has cut a section out? As you can see it does not sit flush.
It has been suggested to slot a wedge or 2 under the neck on the fret side to straighten it up and bring the neck in line with the body, yeah the action is a little high.
Another issue is that the bracket screws inside the pot that lie against the inside of the pot will not lie flush in the indents.


Sep 21, 2023 - 12:31:16 PM
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2253 posts since 2/9/2007

The dowel stick may be pulled out of the neck, or the pot out of round.

Sep 21, 2023 - 2:55:09 PM

79135 posts since 5/9/2007

Measure across the pot 2 to 4 times to check its roundness.

Sep 21, 2023 - 3:50:29 PM
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4912 posts since 2/20/2016

What you've got there is someone's hack job.

Shims might work, but since the end of the heel is irregular, it would be difficult to get a good fit.

The right way to fix the heel would be to flatten the end, graft on a new piece, re-fit the neck to the banjo. and cross your fingers that the dowel was installed at the correct angle for decent action with a bridge of reasonable height. A trick that might save some hair-pulling would be to radius the graft and adjust its angle before glueing it to the heel. It would take a good bit of woodworking skill to do a decent job.

The neck stabilizer appears to be two mis-matched pieces of different sizes. I would advise making a new piece to replace the part that fits against the pot. The new piece could probably be made out of slightly thinner stock than the the old piece.

Edited by - rcc56 on 09/21/2023 15:54:26

Sep 28, 2023 - 4:04:23 AM
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17294 posts since 8/30/2006

It's also a stacked heel piece, so it could easily be cut of square and a new one glued on. A neck sled is a useful device.
rcc56 is right on about how to remedy some one else's impatience and lack of forethought.

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