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May 24, 2024 - 8:18:32 AM
2 posts since 5/24/2024

I have a 1940's tenor banjo that i restored to playable condition but have a problem. scale length measures 23" nut to bridge and standard tuning (CGDA) the "A" string breaks (too much tension). Does it make sense that this instrument was created for a Bflat tuning? Compatible with trumpet, clarinet, tenor sax etc.

May 24, 2024 - 9:28:23 AM

3352 posts since 3/30/2008

23" scale is a very common length, & should be no problem for any gauge of string. I would suggest there is something sharp on your instrument, (nut, bridge, slots, tailpiece, tuner post).  Take note where the string tends to break.
What set gauge are you using ?

Edited by - tdennis on 05/24/2024 09:29:50

May 24, 2024 - 9:34:10 AM

5772 posts since 5/29/2011

Post erased. tdennis said exactly the same thing I did with fewer words.

Edited by - Culloden on 05/24/2024 09:36:22

May 24, 2024 - 12:44:43 PM

2 posts since 5/24/2024

Thanks for your help. I think I'll change out the tailpiece and restring with a lighter gauge.

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