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What Makes a Good Banjo String?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 19, 2015 1:10:18 PM / by Barry Hunn posted in Email Articles, Your Deering

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The “wire” for instruments is called music wire.  This name does have industrial meaning because it denotes the alloy, temper, hardness, resilience, and tensile strength of the wire, as compared to electrical wire, copper wire, etc.

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How To Adjust Your Banjo's Coordinator Rods

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 12, 2014 11:39:47 AM / by David Bandrowski posted in Your Deering

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Learn how to properly adjust the action of your banjo via the coordinator rods. Deering's Quality Control Manager Chad Kopotic will take you through this step by step. Adjusting your coordinator rods will keep the string action on your banjo at the correct height which will make playing your banjo easier. It can also keep your banjo sounding new as you want to make sure the pot and the neck have a firm connection and haven't worked their way loose.

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6-String Banjo Set Ups

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 21, 2014 12:23:35 PM / by Barry Hunn posted in 6-String Banjo, banjitar, Email Articles, Guitjo, Your Deering

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Unlike a guitar, the 6 string banjo can have its voice dramatically altered by the player.  Brighter, warmer, less sustain, more sustain, more mid-range emphasis, etc., by merely changing a couple of components and making adjustments. This “guitar players’ banjo” can meet any musician’s needs.  Here’s how:

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The Banjo Bridge

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 21, 2013 11:22:19 AM / by Carolina Bridges posted in Your Deering

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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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How To Install a Kavanjo Banjo Pickup on a Goodtime

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 13, 2013 11:01:54 AM / by David Bandrowski posted in Kavanjo, Your Deering

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John shows you (in under 40 minutes) how to replace your current banjo head with a customized Kavanjo head, loaded with his patented handwound humbucking pickup.

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Banjo Resonators: What Do They Do and Do I Need One

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 2, 2013 3:22:04 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Banjo Parts, Banjo Resonators, Resonators, Your Deering

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One very common question we hear from customers who are new to the banjo is “Why do some banjos have a back and others don’t?”.  To start with, the “back” of a banjo is called the resonator and it does just what the name implies, it resonates the sound of the banjo.

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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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Gorilla Protection: Tips for Traveling With Your Banjo

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 1, 2013 10:52:22 AM / by Carolina Bridges posted in travel, Your Deering

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We have all been there…wanting to travel with our banjo but unsure of what to do to make sure it gets there safely. What happens if the “gorillas” are working the day we ship it or hand it over to the airlines? You know, they love to throw and jump on things!

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