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Apr 21, 2024 - 8:50:42 AM

Volkitsa

Canada

6 posts since 4/21/2024

Hi! I'm fairly new to the world of banjo (and so far I'm loving it!), but I'm having a somewhat annoying problem regarding my banjo tailpiece. It's ruining my clothes (lol), from jeans to sleeves. The strings points kind of 'stick out' and it pulls everything that's fabric. I didn't want to replace the whole tailpiece, but I've noticed some models came with something like a cover. Is it possible to install that cover without replacing the whole piece? I'm learning clawhammer on a Gold Tone CC-50, that's the tailpiece that came with it.

The solution I came up with so far was to stick tape/bandaid on the parts that would pull my clothes. It won't win any beauty contest, but it works. I would love to hear if you have anything else in mind!

Apr 21, 2024 - 11:18:13 AM

Bart Veerman

Canada

5702 posts since 1/5/2005

Play closer to the neck to prevent your sleeve snagging at the tail piece. Your jeans, hmmm, I guess you have the banjo resting on your lap while you're sitting: try laying the banjo next to your lap [assuming you're right-handed] on the right, instead of on it.

Like you've already discovered, a bandaid to cover it up sure enough works. With that approach you might as well have some fun with it - glue on a small unicorn, Swiftie sticker, whatever.

Apr 21, 2024 - 11:50:01 AM

62066 posts since 12/14/2005

Does the local Building Supply store still hand out samples of counter top material?

Pick out a couple nice ones, shape 'em to size, and stick it on with double sided mounting tape.
OR--- if you're never going to change strings again, EPOXY!  wink

OR--- get a deck of cards, glue a stack of 2 to 6  together, and tape mount that.

There are NO RULES to banjo improvisations.


Apr 21, 2024 - 2:19:38 PM

211 posts since 4/1/2016

I’ve used Velcro cable ties from Staples - just wrap around all the strings near the tailpiece. The product is Velcro Thin one wrap cable ties.

Apr 21, 2024 - 3:55:01 PM

263 posts since 5/13/2009

Used to be chenille on some brands near the loop for precisely the reason you described. One player bought chenille at the fly tying shop and added it.

Apr 21, 2024 - 6:02:29 PM
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Owen

Canada

15028 posts since 6/5/2011
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Though I'm not aware of it being used for ^^,  I suspect Red Green could give some invaluable tips re. duct tape vs. uppity banjo tailpieces.   [Fwiw, he's never given me bad advice. wink]

Apr 21, 2024 - 9:07:01 PM

Volkitsa

Canada

6 posts since 4/21/2024

quote:
Originally posted by Bart Veerman

Play closer to the neck to prevent your sleeve snagging at the tail piece. Your jeans, hmmm, I guess you have the banjo resting on your lap while you're sitting: try laying the banjo next to your lap [assuming you're right-handed] on the right, instead of on it.

Like you've already discovered, a bandaid to cover it up sure enough works. With that approach you might as well have some fun with it - glue on a small unicorn, Swiftie sticker, whatever.

 


Thank you! I've been trying to play closer to the neck already as I've been seeing a lot of clawhammer players do so and I've been told it gives a mellower tone, so it will probably help save my sleeves a little bit lol. For my jeans, it kinda happens when I'm positioning the banjo or cross my legs while playing. Its pretty annoying, but yes, I think the tape/band-aid work well. 

Apr 21, 2024 - 9:11:33 PM

Volkitsa

Canada

6 posts since 4/21/2024

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

Does the local Building Supply store still hand out samples of counter top material?

Pick out a couple nice ones, shape 'em to size, and stick it on with double sided mounting tape.
OR--- if you're never going to change strings again, EPOXY!  wink

OR--- get a deck of cards, glue a stack of 2 to 6  together, and tape mount that.

There are NO RULES to banjo improvisations.


Lol those sure are creative! I actually loved the card deck idea. It's affordable and I can easily find at the dollar store near home. I don't really know about the epoxy one tho, I might want to change the strings every once in a while! 

Apr 22, 2024 - 5:48:04 AM

Volkitsa

Canada

6 posts since 4/21/2024

quote:
Originally posted by Bob in CT

I’ve used Velcro cable ties from Staples - just wrap around all the strings near the tailpiece. The product is Velcro Thin one wrap cable ties.


I have to admit, that is kinda genious. I might have one of those straps just lying around the house - I'll for sure try this out! Thanks a bunch.

Apr 22, 2024 - 5:50:41 AM

Volkitsa

Canada

6 posts since 4/21/2024

quote:
Originally posted by SamCy

Used to be chenille on some brands near the loop for precisely the reason you described. One player bought chenille at the fly tying shop and added it.


Oh thats funny tbh, seems like I wasn't the first one that got my clother attacked by a banjo then. I googled it and found the fluffy look pretty interesting. Thanks for the info!

Apr 22, 2024 - 2:56:47 PM

13128 posts since 10/27/2006

There are a few new tailpieces available with covers including most Presto copies and the current Waverly. The bandage that yours is sporting is as good a solution as any.

Apr 22, 2024 - 3:07:28 PM
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62066 posts since 12/14/2005

quote:
Originally posted by SamCy

Used to be chenille on some brands near the loop for precisely the reason you described. One player bought chenille at the fly tying shop and added it.


Let's grab our banjos and SING!

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You picked a fine time to leave me, Chenille!

My shirt cuff's shredded by wire of steel...

Much though I love her,

Tailpiece gots no cover,

And that's just a heck of a deal....

You picked a fine time to leave me, Chennile!

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