The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59934   Message #957627
Posted By: JedMarum
22-May-03 - 09:37 AM
Thread Name: Banjo Talk - Long Neck and Head Tension
Subject: Banjo Talk - Long Neck and Head Tension
Now Spaw, don't start with the jokes ... there must be something silly about this tite, even though I don't know what it is .... yet.

I've got a question for all you long neck banjoists; I love my Vega (Deering) long neck - but it really sounds different when I play down low. I mean, the freq response is so different. It really makes it a baritone banjo! I don't think I really like the sound.

I've tried adjusting the head tension to compensate, and that's helped some ... but I really want to 're-adjust' the (tone) dials when I take off the capo and play down low. The reach is a bitch, too - but that's not a major beef, and in fact probably is good for me to reach.

Just how much can I crank up the head tension? I just do it according to feel and sound ... Are there ruels of thumb I oughtta know about banjo care? Am I missing a big part of my banjo education?