Deering has kicked off its new Service Center with three easy to order service packages. The banjo is to making music what a knife is to a chef. It is the tool that we use to help bring the thoughts and ideas within the realms of our imagination to life. It would seem appropriate, therefore, that from time to time our tools need some tender loving care to keep them performing perfectly.
You wouldn't paint a picture with dirty brushes. You wouldn't chisel a sculpture with blunted tools. So why play a banjo with worn out strings?
If you've never changed your banjo strings before, the thought of doing it yourself can be a daunting one. So much so that you may be tempted to keep putting it off. However, if you want your instrument to stay in top condition, and keep on producing a quality sound, it's important to change the strings with some regularity.
Recently I had an email from a customer who was confused by “radius” versus “compensated” bridges. I thought a brief explanation might be of help in finding the right banjo bridge for your instrument.
From what I have seen, human beings have amazing awareness. This keen awareness is showcased in the subtleties of banjo set up. Adjustments like string height, string spacing measurements, fret height and neck shape combined with bridge height, head tension, tailpiece adjustment make for very unique recipes of individual players banjo sound and “feel”.
Inherent in the construction of banjos are certain parts that help address the needs of banjo set up. Among these are what we will call your “hot rods” - the coordinator rods and the truss rods. But what does all this mean to you, the player, when it comes to banjo set up?
Banjos are played and banjos get dirty; that is just a fact of life with banjo. Cleaning your instrument can be easy if you just have the right tools.
Bridge placement is important to get the best sound out of your banjo. The intonation is improved by having the bridge in what is called the “sweet spot” on the banjo head. This is actually easy to do as a banjo has a floating bridge (it is held on by the tension of the strings) and with practice you will actually enjoy playing with the harmonics of our banjo fingerboard to place the bridge in the right place.
One of the most common questions we receive here at the factory is which set of banjo strings to buy. To make it easier to find the answer in one spot, we have created a string chart with type of strings, gauges, and tunings. We hope this will make your choices much easier!