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Feb 23, 2024 - 2:13:27 PM
849 posts since 2/15/2006

I have a Earl Scruggs Banjo and when I took the neck off there is a washer on each screw on the screw on bolts. So is there supposed to be them washers Between the neck and Rim? because it leaves a small gap between the heel and rim.

Feb 23, 2024 - 2:35 PM

5640 posts since 5/29/2011

The washers go inside the rim to keep the ends of the co rods from digging into it.

There should also be washers on the other ends of the co rods to keep the hex nuts from digging into the rim.

Edited by - Culloden on 02/23/2024 14:36:40

Feb 23, 2024 - 2:37:17 PM
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5404 posts since 11/20/2004

Washers should be on the inside of the rim under the coordinator rod ends. The neck should sit solidly against the tone ring and rim on the outside.

Feb 23, 2024 - 2:55:49 PM


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11995 posts since 6/29/2003

If there are washers on the rim inside of the co-ord rods then someone has retro fitted washers between the neck heel and the rim to five a gap between the fingerboard and the tension band. I used to own a 1998 Gibson ESS but cannot remember if there was a noticeable gap or whether the end of the fretboard was touching the tension band. There are differeing opinions about this.

Feb 23, 2024 - 3:05:30 PM

849 posts since 2/15/2006

Yes I have washers on the cor- rods inside the Rim. 4 of them on 2 rids on at each end.The banjo played great and loud with the washers between the neck and rim.

Feb 23, 2024 - 6:13:51 PM

5640 posts since 5/29/2011

How does it sound without them? If it still sounds good then leave them out. If it sounded better with them, then put them back.

Feb 25, 2024 - 5:00:13 AM
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17485 posts since 8/30/2006

One time a banjo arrived for a rim changeout.
There was a big lock washer between the neck and rim and it was so tight the washer was embedded in the old rim.
I assume the washer was put in there to adjust the action of the banjo neck.
I don't build that way, so would not advise that at all.
I play each banjo before disassembly.
So after the changeout, I didn't install the old lock washer or any other flat washer like a fender washer.
I use a 5" radius on my heels because they snug up better than a 5.5" radius which rocks around on the rim.
Otherwise my customer was happy with the new sound.

Feb 25, 2024 - 5:50:03 AM

4981 posts since 9/12/2016

 If it is needed ---I would shim with a good hard piece of maple there --To transfer the sound better--my opinion --not an expert though

Edited by - Tractor1 on 02/25/2024 05:50:56

Feb 25, 2024 - 5:52:40 AM
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4981 posts since 9/12/2016

the washers inside don't want to be touching the tone ring per the late Bill Sullivan

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