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May 19, 2024 - 10:49:14 PM
2 posts since 5/19/2024

Hi, I've been playing five-string banjo since December. I took my banjo apart for the first time to tension the head and put it back together. Now I hear a hum on the open fifth string, it sounds a little muffled and hums. I have seen that on the fifth fret there is a slight and very fine mark that you can feel when you run your finger over it. The mark was made by the string on the fret. What I can do??? Has it happened to you?

Hola, toco banjo de cinco cuerdas desde diciembre. Desmonté mi banjo por primera vez para tensar el parche y volví a montarlo. Ahora escucho un zumbido en la quinta cuerda al aire, suena un poco apagada y zumba. he visto que en el quinto traste hay una ligera y muy fina marca que se puede sentir al pasar el dedo sobre ella. la marca la hizo la cuerda sobre el traste. Qué puedo hacer??? os a pasado?

May 20, 2024 - 2:43:56 AM

Bill H

USA

2301 posts since 11/7/2010

A picture might help. Is this mark you refer to on the fifth fret? Does the banjo have a fifth string pip (round bone or plastic thing) with a slot that the fifth string rests in? It is possible that the string is hovering slightly above the fret without making firm contact causing the buzz you hear. A picture showing the fifth fret and tuner would help us to better understand your banjo and what might be causing the issue.

May 20, 2024 - 4:30:50 AM

5450 posts since 11/20/2004

I had the same a couple of years ago. I filed or sanded it smooth and the buzz was gone. As said above, the string should sit firmly on the fret.

May 20, 2024 - 5:35:14 AM

1212 posts since 2/2/2008

If you have the small round pip guide you string slots into, you can file the slot deeper. This will help string rest hard on fret.
Some banjos have a rail spike instead of a pip.
As for the wear mark on fret you could sand it out with fine sandpaper or dress the fret correctly. Worse case the fret may need replacing. A picture might help us help you.

May 20, 2024 - 3:33:08 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

12056 posts since 6/29/2003

quote:
Originally posted by lightgauge

I had the same a couple of years ago. I filed or sanded it smooth and the buzz was gone. As said above, the string should sit firmly on the fret.


Not necessarily. There are two schools of thought on this! 1. The pip slot cut low so the string rests on the fret wire. 2. The slot cut so the string sits above the fret wire enough that it doesn't buzz or rattle on the wire when played. Both work. It all boils down to the preference of the maker and the player.

May 20, 2024 - 3:55:52 PM

5450 posts since 11/20/2004

banjonz:
Either works, but only one frets true.

May 21, 2024 - 1:35:42 AM

2 posts since 5/19/2024

Buenos días, aquí dejo algunas fotos, voy a probar a lijar el traste un poco a ver que tal. gracias por vuestra colaboración

May 21, 2024 - 2:26:30 AM

1212 posts since 2/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by lightgauge

banjonz:
Either works, but only one frets true.


Which frets true in your opinion. Every time I use spike on one banjo is pulls sharp with a slightly forward of centre spike 

May 21, 2024 - 3:47:18 AM

5450 posts since 11/20/2004

Spikes are a separate issue. When spiking, the string is stretched, but you are then using a fret as a nut. When you use a fret, such as the 5th, as a nut, your scale is still accurate. Most pips are set behind the fret, moving the string starting point back slightly and affecting tuning. There are some banjos with the 5th fret cut off short and the pip is in line with the fret, providing accuracy. My comment is regarding open tuning, not capoed.

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