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Jun 12, 2024 - 9:21:56 AM
11 posts since 3/7/2024

so I've been into this for a short while now, practicing a lot, feel like I am improving every day
like a stock market curve, ups and downs but progressing up steadily over time
happy with my progress so far
I have purchased three banjos so far, all the same make, three different models
the last one I purchased was new, and looking at the specs on all three, the third one matched
the same as the other two, one of the reasons I purchased it.

now that I have been practicing on it, it is a lot tougher to fret than the other two
has been that way, so I started to get into the nitty gritty on why. and comparing all three
the new one has a nut width of 1-5/32, while the other two measure out at 1-1/4"
string spacing is a touch narrower on the 1-5/32

my question is does this really matter in the long run, is it just something that will become normal over
time? or should I send it back to the manufacturer and have them make it as advertised
I don't want to do that if it is just a rookie issue

Jun 12, 2024 - 10:08:40 AM

Owen

Canada

15287 posts since 6/5/2011

Apparently wonders never cease. 

I started with a pawn shop special, with what I assume is standard nut width [whatever that means] but was unable to physically contort my fingers to the required positions, even with extra help from my right hand .... so I bought a wide-neck ... and then a second wide-neck ... which I switch back and forth as the mood strikes.   Over the years I've occasionally taken the PSS out of the closet, but was unable to overcome the "rookie issue" and fret it without choking adjacent strings.  But prompted by ^^, I just now tried it again ...  after 12 years my fingers now co-operate and I can fret it "okay."

Edited by - Owen on 06/12/2024 10:10:02

Jun 12, 2024 - 10:18:12 AM

11 posts since 3/7/2024

Owen
what do you consider a wide neck? is there a specific measurement on nut width that you use?

Jun 12, 2024 - 10:25:13 AM

Owen

Canada

15287 posts since 6/5/2011

Measured with a ruler, not calipers, the GoldTone measures 1 5/16" and the Morgan Monroe 1 3/8" ... both were advertised as "wide neck."  [Fwiw, with that same technique, the Austin PSS is 1 1/8".]

Jun 12, 2024 - 10:44:13 AM

11 posts since 3/7/2024

thank you

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