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Jun 25, 2024 - 2:36:07 PM

swisscow

Italy

2 posts since 6/25/2024

hi everybody
i am completely new to banjo.bought one from a friend that sells antiques..he got it in england.it says "reliance "and unwarpable on the neck ,wich i read in the forum it is good since it hung on his wall for 20years.. it has all 5strings from the top,not a shorter one like i see most of them.so.what kind of playing,should i learn.?is there any hope i can learn to play this instrument (i am 70)?there is also no bridge.is it missing or is it optional(you understand my complete ignorance and i hope somebody teaches me some basics)thank you for any answer.

Jun 25, 2024 - 3:04:02 PM
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1428 posts since 1/26/2011

Welcome to the Banjo Hangout!

You’ll need a bridge. It’s not optional.

If you could post pictures of the banjo it would help everyone give you correct information.

Jun 25, 2024 - 3:16:06 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

12086 posts since 6/29/2003

What you have sounds like a British made Zither banjo. The phrase 'unwarpable neck' was used to describe this type of banjo. However, I have repaired many of these over the years and while I have not seen anyone them 'warped', I have seen them compress at the neck heel over time (a long time) where the action (height of strings above the fretboard) is way too high. I usually end up shimming the neck to get the action down.

Can you post photos?

Jun 25, 2024 - 10:16:40 PM

swisscow

Italy

2 posts since 6/25/2024

right now i am in switzerland for holydays( and to try to get a banjopart,one of the mechanic is "overdrawn")and the instrument is in italy.i will try to post photos when i'm back in 2weeks.thank you so much for your kind answers.i will also try to find a bridge.will any one do or are they brand specific?is this part mobile on rhe skin?where is it's position?

Jun 26, 2024 - 10:47:08 AM

3831 posts since 4/5/2006

Banjo bridges come in various heights, ranging from 1/2"to 11/16". Measure from the nut to the 12th fret & multiply that distance by 2. The string slots (grooves) are cut at an angle sloping down towards the tailpiece. Hope that makes sense.

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