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How Should I Get My Banjo Set Up?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 24, 2017 12:40:51 PM / by Barry Hunn posted in Banjo Set Up

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 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”.

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Banjo Set Up: The “Hot” Rods”

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 15, 2016 11:07:20 AM / by Barry Hunn posted in banjo maintenance, Banjo Set Up, Your Deering

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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?

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5 Tips To Care For and Clean Your Fingerboard

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 31, 2013 3:15:39 PM / by Carolina Bridges posted in banjo maintenance, Banjo Set Up, Your Deering

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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.

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How To Change Your Banjo Strings

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2013 2:22:23 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Banjo Set Up, banjo tuning, Deering Tech, Your Deering

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Proper Bridge Placement

[fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2013 3:08:22 PM / by Carolina Bridges posted in Banjo Set Up, banjo tips, bridge, bridge placement, intonation, Your Deering

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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.

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STRINGS, STRINGS, STRINGS: WHICH TO BUY?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 14, 2013 1:32:42 PM / by Carolina Bridges posted in banjo maintenance, Banjo Set Up, banjo strings, dunlop strings, strings, Your Deering

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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!

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How Banjos Work

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2012 4:59:27 PM / by Barry Hunn posted in 5-String Banjo, banjo lesson, banjo maintenance, Banjo Set Up, banjo tips, banjo tuning, Greg Deering, Your Deering

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For a musician, the banjo offers acoustic power, super responsiveness to any kind of touch, brightness that can cut through the sound of an ensemble, warmth and richness to accompany voices and other instruments, and a tone character that is completely unique in the world of musical instruments. But how does all this happen?

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Tips On Banjo Maintenance

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 21, 2012 5:03:29 PM / by Carolina Bridges posted in banjo maintenance, Banjo Set Up, banjo tips, Your Deering

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Cleaning our homes is routine - maybe not a favorite thing for all of us but we do it anyway. I love things that make my cleaning routine easier! (OK, now you know for sure that I don’t like house cleaning.) Today I want to share of few easy tips on maintenance for your banjo. They are about as easy as I can make them!

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Strings: The Wonderful World of Wire

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 20, 2012 12:25:50 PM / by Barry Hunn posted in banjo maintenance, Banjo Set Up, banjo strings, dunlop strings, strings, Your Deering

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For a musician who loves their banjo and loves practicing and playing, enjoys the nuances of technique and the magic of the emotional communication in playing music in general, it’s kind of a romantic disappointment to think of banjo strings as “music wire.”  On the positive side, music wire, by definition does have alloy parameters that define the general properties of strings.  Music wire is tough, hard, and resilient with great tensile strength.  Each manufacturer of strings chooses music wire alloys to create a certain tone, or to reduce the cost of string manufacturing or to increase life, volume, and other sound or performance related goals.

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Stainless Steel Frets vs. Nickel Silver Frets

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2012 4:18:57 PM / by Barry Hunn posted in banjo maintenance, Banjo Set Up, Frets, Your Deering

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Nickel silver alloy is the most common metal used for fret wire for banjos, guitars and mandolins.  It is a good material because it conforms to fingerboards well and resists skin acids, oils, and tarnish well.  For most players, it is durable and lasts a long time.

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