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Nov 30, 2023 - 3:53:54 PM
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tonygo

USA

98 posts since 12/29/2022

Where the neck fits to the pot the first string, D, is not over the neck but outside the neck with air below. At the 15th fret (there are 22) the string is just flush with the outside of the neck. I will be taking it to a luthier but am curious as to how you all see the fix done. Shims, new dowel fit?? Thankyou.

Edited by - tonygo on 11/30/2023 15:56:12

Nov 30, 2023 - 4:37 PM
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2343 posts since 2/9/2007

First, check that your tailpiece isn't shifted off-center. Past that, a lot depends on how the banjo is put together.

Nov 30, 2023 - 5:43:56 PM
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53 posts since 3/18/2019

The center line of the neck is the 3rd string. It should be dead center of the neck at the 22nd fret. If not your tail price is off center or another possibility is the heel cut of the neck is off center.

Nov 30, 2023 - 5:47:04 PM
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15585 posts since 10/30/2008

What kind of a banjo do you have there?

I agree, easiest source is misplaced tailpiece.

Nov 30, 2023 - 9:10:18 PM
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tonygo

USA

98 posts since 12/29/2022

quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

What kind of a banjo do you have there?

I agree, easiest source is misplaced tailpiece.


It is a retro built neck on a Lyon&Healy Improved Washburn pot. 11" I tapped the tailpiece and got about a 32nd or less improvement. I think it is likely the heel cut. But the luthier will see it soon enough.

Dec 1, 2023 - 8:00:50 AM
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3485 posts since 4/7/2010

tonygo

It is very likely that the dowelstick will have to be removed and the neck reset then refit to the rim to align the necks centering (the G string) with the center of the tailpiece. The craftsmen that know how to properly drill a dowelstick hole in the neck of a banjo properly are few and far between. Over the last 34 years, my shop has reset the necks of many modern builders that could not get the centerline in the right place. And that includes resetting the necks of some of my early work.

Hopefully your regional banjo tech is someone that understands how to accommodate all the angles to drill the hole correctly.

Bob Smakula
smakulafrettedinstruments.com

Edited by - Bob Smakula on 12/01/2023 08:02:37

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