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May 19, 2024 - 6:12:12 AM
13 posts since 4/8/2024

I got this banjo second hand so I dont know what model it is. Does anyone know if the resonator on the back is removable? I'm hoping to take it off to help with the weight and my hands.
Thank you so anyone who takes a look!

May 19, 2024 - 6:45:28 AM

leehar

USA

329 posts since 2/18/2018

The four thumb screws are what’s holding the resonator on. Just unscrew them and lift the banjo off of the resonator. With a lot of resonator type banjos there will be a thin metal flange around the body of the banjo which may become uncomfortable if you rest the banjo in your lap.

May 19, 2024 - 6:53:12 AM

BobbyE

USA

3513 posts since 11/29/2007

Might be subjective but not sure taking the resonator off that particular banjo will make much difference in the weight. Got to be a bit lighter but still. Your mileage may vary.

Bobby

May 19, 2024 - 7:20:11 AM

11371 posts since 4/23/2004
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The four plates that retain the resonator are also removable. Just remove the two nuts behind each (after the reso is removed), pull off the plate and then replace the nuts on the hooks.

That will make the "conversion" complete, more comfortable and even lighter.

May 19, 2024 - 7:29:23 AM

martyjoe

Ireland

534 posts since 3/24/2020

I deleted the headstock on this to save the hands.


 

May 19, 2024 - 8:28:14 AM

13 posts since 4/8/2024

quote:
Originally posted by martyjoe

I deleted the headstock on this to save the hands.


Interesting! I might have to try something like that at some point

May 19, 2024 - 8:37:47 AM

2471 posts since 2/9/2007

As light as the rim on that banjo is, taking the resonator off will make it unbalanced and harder to hold in playing position. You want to support the instrument with your right arm and/or a strap, and NOT to use the left hand to hold the neck up.

May 19, 2024 - 9:03 AM

15310 posts since 6/2/2008

Note: On this banjo, the resonator attachment screws aren't "thumbscrews" (with knurled heads making it easy to remove them by hand). These are phillips head screws. You might need a screwdriver to remove them - or at least to loosen them so you can then remove them by hand.

If the banjo bemomes unbalanced (neck heavy) after removing the resonator, simply attach your strap to a tension hook close to the neck on the first string side so that the strap goes under the neck (where it transitions to the heel) helping to support it.

May 21, 2024 - 8:41:44 AM

13149 posts since 10/27/2006

I have never seen one of these with Philips head screws. there are a number of different cross-point drivers used by Asian companies over the years. If you have access to an electronics parts supplier, try to match the screw head to the correct driver. A computer repair shop may have the right driver and you'll be able to order one to match.

Philips drivers often strip the screw heads. If this happens to you, be prepared to take a trip to the hardware store to buy replacement Philips head screws that you will use on reassembly. 

The last one of these I worked on was made in Japan—I found the right driver in my toolkit (I used to do a lot of computer repair) but I no longer remember which one worked. A few years ago, it was stolen from a shop and replaced by a made in Korea bottlecap — much better banjo.

May 21, 2024 - 9:51:46 PM

66 posts since 5/28/2010

Curious --- that's the first fan-fret banjo I've run across!

You mention you got the banjo second hand -- do you know anything about its maker or history?

Edited by - wileypickett on 05/21/2024 21:53:32

May 22, 2024 - 5:36:41 PM
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DSmoke

USA

1440 posts since 11/30/2015

quote:
Originally posted by wileypickett

Curious --- that's the first fan-fret banjo I've run across!

You mention you got the banjo second hand -- do you know anything about its maker or history?


The fan fret banjo is not the OP's banjo, that's the work of MartyJoe (tag isn't working).

seancheol-ceol-nua, did you weigh the banjo? Seeing you're in Ireland I assume this is tuned GDAE and playing Irish trad. 

Jun 7, 2024 - 10:14:17 AM

13 posts since 4/8/2024

quote:
Originally posted by wileypickett

Curious --- that's the first fan-fret banjo I've run across!

You mention you got the banjo second hand -- do you know anything about its maker or history?


I live in Ireland so companies like Deering aren't really available here! I know it was bought in ireland, and I found another 5-string in a music shop a while ago that was the same except for some decoration on the back. It's Harley Benton and bought in the last few years.

Jun 7, 2024 - 10:18:15 AM

13 posts since 4/8/2024

quote:
Originally posted by DSmoke
quote:
Originally posted by wileypickett

Curious --- that's the first fan-fret banjo I've run across!

You mention you got the banjo second hand -- do you know anything about its maker or history?


The fan fret banjo is not the OP's banjo, that's the work of MartyJoe (tag isn't working).

seancheol-ceol-nua, did you weigh the banjo? Seeing you're in Ireland I assume this is tuned GDAE and playing Irish trad. 


I haven't weighed it! I haven't tried taking off the resonator yet either haha. I'm actually playing American folk and old-time! I'm not actually involved or all that knowledgeable on trad. I know one trad song on banjo and there's a few sean-nós (old-style) songs I love, but that's it.

Jun 12, 2024 - 3:20:12 AM

62167 posts since 12/14/2005

quote:
Originally posted by seancheol-ceol-nua
quote:
Originally posted by martyjoe

I deleted the headstock on this to save the hands.


Interesting! I might have to try something like that at some point


I have one 

It weighs like a feather, compared to my several others, and puts out the sound like a banjo should.

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