The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #62831   Message #1016896
Posted By: Geoff the Duck
11-Sep-03 - 09:29 AM
Thread Name: Setting up a cheap banjo
Subject: RE: Setting up a cheap banjo
Next Bit.
The gadget which raises or lowers the string height at the tail-piece near the bridge is, as you assume, to alter the pressure exerted by the strings on the bridge. Don't start tightening it up until you have the head and string height set-up.
The adjustment affects the tone and response of the banjo. If it is in its highest position, the strings are pressing less hard into the head, so produce a "lighter" sound. Tightening it will produce a "harder" tone and possibly more volume.