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Thread #121794   Message #2663356
Posted By: matt milton
24-Jun-09 - 05:47 AM
Thread Name: how far can you tune strings on a banjo?
Subject: how far can you tune strings on a banjo?
OK, following on from that thread about guitars, tuning up, tension and damage, I'd be interested to know what holds for the 5-string banjo.

I've been experimenting with different tunings recently. Presumably you can't hurt a banjo tuning any strings down, but how far up can you tune a string before you risk putting it under too much strain?

I imagine with the top 5th string the answer is "when the string breaks", but what about the other 4?