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Banjo setup tips

Issue 214 April 10, 2014

How do you set the tension on a banjo head? If you're more familiar with guitars than banjos, Dan Erlewine has a few quick tips for you.
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  • checkmarkA neat little caul for holding a banjo in the playing position
  • checkmarkYou might already own a notched straightedge for banjos!
  • checkmarkThe old "quarter trick" for setting head tension
Problem-solving products for this kind of work:
Banjo Adapter for Snark Tuner
Mount your Snark electronic tuner conveniently on your banjo rim.
Notched Straightedge
Check the straightness of the fingerboard with the frets in place!
Feeler Gauges
Eleven steel gauges that allow precision filing of nut slot depths, and they're also useful for checking string-to-fret clearances and fret slot width.
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Fret/Fingerboard Levelers
Heavyweight steel tool for fast, accurate leveling in the pro shop.
Five-Star Head
Our popular Five-Star heads feature a patented design for clear, crisp tone and extra strength under tension.
Bracket Hex Wrench
Nickel-plated steel hex wrenches for installing and tightening banjo heads.
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